By Jim Butcher
Roc, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451460912, 435pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 2006
Paranormal investigations are Harry Dresden's business and Chicago is his beat, as he tries to bring law and order to a world of wizards and monsters that exists alongside everyday life. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don't believe in magic, the Special Investigations Department of the Chicago PD knows better.
Karrin Murphy is the head of S. I. and Harry's good friend. So when a killer vampire threatens to destroy Murphy's reputation unless Harry does her bidding, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler (whatever that is) and all the power that comes with it. Now, Harry is in a race against time--and six merciless necromancers--to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead...
“The wildest, strangest, best Dresden adventure to date....Butcher’s blending of modern fantasy with classic noir sensibilities ensures that there’s never a dull moment.”—SF Site
“A fun romp with a rousing final battle that shouldn’t be missed.”—Locus
“Offbeat humor, a hard-boiled style, and rich detail.”—Library Journal (starred review)