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Proven Guilty (Dresden Files (ROC Hardcover)) [Hardcover]

Jim Butcher
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2 May 2006 Dresden Files (ROC Hardcover) (Book 8)

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 has no friends on the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined (and they may have a point). However, now vampire wars have thinned out the wizards a little, they need him. So before he can blink, he's assigned to investigate rumours of black magic. Harry's other problem is an old friend's daughter - all grown-up and in trouble already. Her boyfriend insists he's innocent of something resembling a crime straight out of a horror film. This first impression turns out to be . . . well, pretty accurate, as Harry discovers malevolent entities feeding on fear. All in a day's work for a wizard, his dog, and a talking skull named Bob.

Magic - it can get a guy killed.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Printing edition (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460851
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 17.1 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,245,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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The body count from the magical melees would do any hard-boiled gumshoe proud (Publishers Weekly)

This imaginative series continues to surprise and delight (Booklist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An action-packed case file from Harry Dresden, private investigator and wizard, by international bestselling author Jim Butcher --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always 30 Mar 2007
First, if you've never read a Dresden File novel and you're contemplating buying Proven Guilty then don't. This is not a series you can simply dip into at any point and pick up the story so far. Over the previous seven books (this is number eight) Jim Butcher has created a fully realised, deeply detailed world with a wealth of back-story. Trying to follow the events of this or any of the other Dresden Files without knowledge of everything that has gone before will be almost impossible. You will also miss out on some hugely entertaining stories and some wonderful character development. Go and read Storm Front, the first in the series, and work through the rest in order until you reach this latest adventure. You will not regret it.....

....because Proven Guilty is yet another excellent trip into the world of Harry Dresden and friends. As this series progresses and matures I am enjoying it more and more. The wealth of carefully crafted back story and characterisation lends this book, like Dead Beat before it, great depth. You feel fully immersed in the world Butcher has created, and its a wonderfully colourful and textured place to visit. Its a shame when you have to leave.

Its not as if Butcher is resting on his laurels though. Like the books the precede it Proven Guilty has its own identity. There is less of the bombast or large scale action of Dead Beat, and not as much outright horror as some of the other novels. This is very much a book aimed at progressing characters, relationships and wider plot elements. At times this makes it feel like something of a transitionary effort; intended to get wider events from point A to point B as quickly and with as little fuss as possible, but even if that is the case it does it well and entertainingly.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new Dresden book 22 May 2006
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In this one, Harry is warned by the gatekeeper that there is black magic in Harry's neighbourhood... or their will be very soon. Messing around with time is forbidden, but that never really bothered the gatekeeper, so Harry takes the warning seriously.

The war with the vampires is getting serious now with no quarter asked or given. The white council, of which Harry is now a member, gives their newest warden (Harry) a job to do. He must find out why the summer and winter courts are not helping the council against the vampires. They need the help badly. The problem is, every time Harry gets involved with the never never and its politics, he ends up over his head and in debt to someone too powerful to live with. Literally!

He asks help from his friends the summer knight and summer lady, but they are under a geas not to help directly. So who walks into the bar and into their meeting? The winter lady!! None other than the wife of the winter knight, the man Harry destroyed in recent times and the opposite to his friend the summer knight. Things go from bad to worse when his best friend's daughter is kidnapped and taken to the winter court, leaving Harry no choice but to mount a rescue. Things come to a climax in the Winter Queen's stronghold, where he slaps Queen Mab in the face (not literally thank god) by unleashing summer magic at the very heart of her domain. To top it all, the girl he is looking to save might be the very black magic user he is oath bound to kill!!

A must read for all Dresden fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Developing nicely... 7 Aug 2014
By lyra
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There are UF series that start well and morph into something strange and alien, those that promise much and then fail to develop and those that frankly need a certain level of patience while the writer learns their craft, whereupon the books take off. The Dresden Files falls into the last category. The opening few books are not that well written and a little tedious, but they have been steadily improving, especially since Thomas's appearance and the inclusion of the Vampire court. In books 7 and 8 Butcher has finally got the right balance with regard to narrative, pace, humour, supporting characters, world building and style.

Dresden is still prone to frequent near death experiences but hellfire provides some more convincing resilience. Dresden's role as a noir supernatural private 'dick' has developed into an entertaining character and though narrative development can be heavy handed - the resolution to Molly,'s antics were a tad predictable - overall the novel works well as a noir supernatural UF/detective hybrid. It probably works best if you don't take Dresden too seriously.

Some readers that the narrative isn't complete of itself-that is true; Proven Guilty is clearly part of a longer story arc. In previous novels Butcher has placed a stronger emphasis on the novel as a relatively independent unit with just a hint of a larger story arc. The balance is different on this one but I enjoyed this change of narrative structure and will happily move on to the next.
Overall a 4.5.

SPOILER ahead:
I'm not totally sure if I think Butcher pulled off the dynamic between Dresden and Molly, on the one hand I was relieved that he firmly dismissed cliched teacher/student romance which nonetheless appears irritatingly often in novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book keep em coming Jim
I have enjoyed every book in the series so far unusually each book better than the last. But this book has made me question the following books. How can he better this one? Read more
Published 23 days ago by conmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Looking out Jim
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Published 10 months ago by S E Firmin
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I never get bored of Dresden and his witty quips. This story progresses at a hectic pace with a plethora of interesting and fun characters and Butcher reinforces just how good he... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Philip Bonworth
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Quite simply. Brilliant.
If only The Dresden Files could continue for an eternity, I think then I would be completely satisfied.
Published 12 months ago by Cassie Whitehouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Just as good as the previous books in the series. Maintains the standard of excellence. Highly recommended to anyone and everyone.
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