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on 28 August 2011
In the last installment of the Harry Dresden files, Harry had been shot and left for dead, the Red Court vampires had been destroyed, and his daughter was tucked away in a safe place. In the opening of GHOST STORY Harry is a "ghost" of sorts, it isn't quite clear and even he doesn't quite know. It has been six months since he was shot and a lot has happened. Karrin Murphy is no longer with the police department and since Harry's demise, Chicago is in a power grab by all kinds of evildoers. His apprentice, Molly, was damaged emotionally from the battle with the Red Court and is now on a killing spree. Few can see Harry, fewer still can hear him. He doesn't have the use of any of his wizard powers and as a ghost can't touch anyone or anything solid. All 477 pages are full of new villains and a city and friends who still need saving. Tough job for someone who is nothing more than mist. Harry meets Murphy's dearly departed father who imparts words of wisdom to Harry. His godmother, Lea, imparts answers as clear as mud, and exactly how a ghost is supposed to work his magic is lost on Harry. Mort, a friend and necromancer, has been kidnapped by the Corpsetaker. Too many villains and victims to keep track of. And in Ghost of Christmas Past fashion, the reader is taken on a trip down memory lane to just about every case Harry has ever worked. Everyone wants a piece of Harry. There wasn't enough of Thomas, Harry's brother. He was an afterthought stuck at the end as Harry, along with his "Ghost of Christmas Past," lets him visit his daughter and brother before he sets off to his destiny, again "of sorts." One isn't quite clear where all this is headed. I am a big Harry fan so will cut Butcher some slack that the next installment brings some sense to Harry's dilemma. I had hoped there was a future for Harry with Murphy but Molly seems to be aging and blossoming in front of our eyes and has always had a crush on Harry. Murphy is morphing into a female warrior with a crew cut...not quite a turn-on. One of Harry's goals this installment was to find out who killed him. He found his answer, saved his friends, the city is still standing, but Harry just isn't Harry without his powers and another cliffhanger is thrust upon the reader at the end. I kind of liked it when books didn't have cliffhangers.
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