The eighth book of the Dresden Files is one hell
of a good read, propelled by Harry Dresden's sardonic narration and a difficult mystery with a satisfying, if somewhat melancholy, conclusion. During the action-packed, fast-paced narrative, Harry moves from one crisis to another with barely a chance to catch his breath. The political machinations are fascinating, as are the moral choices that Harry and his allies are forced to make.
When low-ranking members of Chicago's supernatural community start disappearing, Harry is called in to investigate. Using his wizardly abilities, he finds a calling card left at several murder scenes which references the biblical book of Exodus and the killing of witches.
When Harry sets out to find the
killer, all the clues point to his brother, Thomas, the one person he can't believe would commit such crimes. As his investigation takes him deeper into the vampiric White Court, Harry finds himself tangled up in a power struggle which may very well leave him dead. (Roc, Apr., 416 pp., $23.95)