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30 April 2009 Dresden Files

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.

A series of apparent suicides rings alarm bells with the police, and Harry is hired. At the first crime scene he hits pay dirt, discovering an unmistakable magical taint. There's also a message especially for him, and it ain't pretty. The 'killings' will continue if Harry can't halt his tormentor, but the evidence implicates his half-brother, which just doesn't add up. Unfortunately Harry's digging around attracts some powerful vampires with a stake in the result. Soon, whichever way he turns, Harry will find himself outnumbered, outclassed and dangerously susceptible to temptation. And if he screws up, his friends will die.

Magic - it can get a guy killed.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143144731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143144731
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069,833 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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An intensely enjoyable series (SciFi Now)

An excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally charged setting (Booklist)

White Night is another satisfying and exciting read (NextRead.co.uk) --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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best But Still Great 7 Jun 2007
By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
While Night is yet another great volume of the on-going Dresden Files. As always however, I'll start with an advisory for those who haven't read any other books in the series or have only watched the (substandard) TV adaptation; don't start here. Go a start at the beginning with Storm Front. This is not a series you just dip into and enjoy.

For those who are up to date however, I can highly recommend this latest book. Its not quite up to the very high standard of my favourite Dresden adventures such as Summer Knight, Dead Beat and Proven Guilty, but its extremely good none-the-less.

I will not risk spoiling things by going into too much detail regarding the plot, except to say that it revolves around the ongoing war between the White Council of Wizards and the Red Court of the Vampires and sucks (if you'll pardon the pun) in the Vampires of the White Court. Beyond that its the usual mix of neo-noir detective story and gory supernatural violence. Putting in an appearance are many familiar characters, including Harry's half-brother Thomas, Chicago PD Detective Karrin Murphy and Mouse, the giant Temple Dog, along with some less familar ones such as gangster Johnnie Marcone, warden Ramirez and Lara, Thomas' sister and head of the White Court.

It all makes for a further satisfying adventure for Harry. If I have any criticisms of the book its the fact that, having set up a host of new plot strands in his previous book, Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher doesn't really progress the overarching story a great deal. Yes, some bad guys from the past reappear and in one excellent flashback we get to witness firsthand the sharp end of the Vampire/Wizard war, but for all the action involved, by the end wider events haven't progressed greeatly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Satisfying Adventure 22 Jan 2008
By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While Night is yet another great volume of the on-going Dresden Files. As always however, I'll start with an advisory for those who haven't read any other books in the series or have only watched the (substandard) TV adaptation; don't start here. Go a start at the beginning with Storm Front. This is not a series you just dip into and enjoy.

For those who are up to date however, I can highly recommend this latest book. Its not quite up to the very high standard of my favourite Dresden adventures such as Summer Knight, Dead Beat and Proven Guilty, but its extremely good none-the-less.

I will not risk spoiling things by going into too much detail regarding the plot, except to say that it revolves around the ongoing war between the White Council of Wizards and the Red Court of the Vampires and sucks (if you'll pardon the pun) in the Vampires of the White Court. Beyond that its the usual mix of neo-noir detective story and gory supernatural violence. Putting in an appearance are many familiar characters, including Harry's half-brother Thomas, Chicago PD Detective Karrin Murphy and Mouse, the giant Temple Dog, along with some less familar ones such as gangster Johnnie Marcone, warden Ramirez and Lara, Thomas' sister and head of the White Court.

It all makes for a further satisfying adventure for Harry. If I have any criticisms of the book its the fact that, having set up a host of new plot strands in his previous book, Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher doesn't really progress the overarching story a great deal. Yes, some bad guys from the past reappear and in one excellent flashback we get to witness firsthand the sharp end of the Vampire/Wizard war, but for all the action involved, by the end wider events haven't progressed greeatly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have followed the saga of Harry Dresden 3 Feb 2008
By J Boyer
Format:Paperback
then you will find this an excellent addition to the series. This book is very important to the background myth-arc, with real development among the characters and a clever resolution to a one or two plotlines. (IMHO such resolution is a very good thing.) The writing still snaps, and there are one or two set scenes that come off very well. Harry continues to grow, and is dealing with the conflict between his anti-authority nature and his inevitable development into an authority figure himself.

If you are new to the series, then this is *not* the place to start. Butcher's work is superior to a lot of that in the field in that his character actually goes through changes and learns things. He's a supernatural private detective that actually tries to think once in a while. Things start dark and get darker in the first few novels, and now the protagonist is growing and learning. The series has excellent supporting characters and tries to deal with the moral choices the hero is forced to make, and their consequences. Do yourself a favor and start at the beginning ("Storm Front") and follow the saga!!! I'd recommend The Fates by Tino Georgiou to those who might have missed this bestseller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars keeps getting better and better 12 Mar 2008
By Ozwaldo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is rare that by book 8 in a series it keeps its momentum and freshness but these just get better and better and this one is my favourite. He becomes a little darker and mean in this book, but his humour improves too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best entry in the series 14 April 2014
Format:Paperback
Warning: Likely spoilers ahead for Books 1-8 of The Dresden Files…

Fool Moon and Blood Rites still take the ‘crown’ for my least favourite Dresden books, but this certainly wasn’t Butcher’s finest hour. Unlike Fool Moon, it wasn’t boring. So there’s a tick. And unlike Blood Rites, it wasn’t silly, convoluted and full of very eyebrow-raising twists. The biggest problem I had was that we are now 9 books into this series, and White Night felt almost entirely like a stop-gap. Like Butcher wanted to hit his one book per year quota (or had to) and so came up with White Night.

Most of the ongoing plotlines are barely touched upon in favour of a tenuous and thinly stretched mystery involving the return of Elaine (a character who Butcher seems to have randomly decided he’d rather didn’t stay in Harry’s past, and yet is entirely dull and predictable) and some past villains, including one that I still don’t know what was doing there, and the White Court, who are generally a lot of fun, but were involved in one of the longest and most confusing climaxes in the series so far.

There are twists anyone would see coming a mile off, returning friendlies who add very little and could ultimately have had their roles filled by almost any of Harry’s allies, and nowhere NEAR enough progression of the stuff I want to be reading about at this stage, namely: the Black Council, Molly’s apprenticeship, the Outsiders and/or anything involving the Knights of the Cross. The only ongoing plotline to really get any form of conclusion – Lasciel – is disappointing and probably not really the conclusion. And the final scene of the book is cringe-inducingly bad, though luckily not a game-changer – just another pithy, throwaway attempt at humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Jim Butcher in fine form, many late nights turning pages. A joy to read and a fine addition to the series
Published 1 month ago by Mik
5.0 out of 5 stars top reading
excellent book from an excellent series can recommend the dresden files from start to finish which i hope is a long way away
Published 1 month ago by c.ewing@tesco.net
4.0 out of 5 stars I think this number nine
Not quite as strong a story as previously. Please can you get your proof readers to stop putting Rodriguez when they mean Ramirez. It is very off putting and disrupts the flow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love this cool guy and his weird adventures and all his cool pets and mates and have just started to watch the new tv series
Published 3 months ago by Coleve
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Urban Fantasy
If you love urban fantasy with a harder edge, the Dresden Files are definitely for you. I have read through the entire set in the last six weeks - can't put them down and can't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars This series never fails to please
Harry Dresden is a fascinating character. As a Wizard he is faced with the paranormal. The book is brilliant. Fits in with the series and carried me along to the very end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Margaret Blackman
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent yarn
Have been reading all the Dresden Files, really enjoying them. Great humour and good prose, Harry Dresden has the odd human failing which makes him sooooo believable as a Wizard.
Published 4 months ago by 1524lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappointed.
I have read and reread all of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and am always found with one of his books by my bedside or in my hands so I encourage you all to give Storm Front a go and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by drowrulesupreme
5.0 out of 5 stars white night dresden files
brilliant fun and frights, lots of supernatural enemies and friends. Human frailties and triumps its addictive reading making me want to know more.
Published 7 months ago by Sim
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Butcher rules
I have read all the Dresden Files on more than one occasion and still enjoy them. He is a very good author!
Published 10 months ago by Wiggmeister10
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