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Death Masks

The Dresden Files, Book Five

By Jim Butcher

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An action-packed case file from Harry Dresden, private investigator and wizard, by international bestselling author Jim Butcher

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.

Harry Dresden should be happy that business is good - makes a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for: a duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards; professional hit men using Harry for target practice; the missing Shroud of Turin (less missing than expected) and a headless corpse the Chicago police need identifying . . . Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man. Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging.

Magic - it can get a guy killed.

Biographical Notes

As well as being a bestselling author, Jim Butcher is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles. He's also a skilled rider and enjoys fencing, singing, bad SF movies and live-action gaming. Jim lives in Missouri with his wife, son and a houseful of computers.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780356500317
  • Publication date: 05 May 2011
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Orbit
Butcher maintains a breakneck pace — Booklist
Inventive storylines, dark supernatural themes, edge-of-your-seat adventure, strong characterizations, and irreverent humour ... Everything works — SFSite.com
This imaginative series continues to surprise and delight — Booklist
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