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Dead Beat (The Dresden Files #7)

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Paranormal investigations are Harry Dresden’s business and Chicago is his beat, as he tries to bring law and order to a world of wizards and monsters that exists alongside everyday life. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don’t believe in magic, the Special Investigations Department of the Chicago PD knows better.

Karrin Murphy is the head of S. I. and Harry’s g
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Roc (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Jun 01, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Polka will never die!"
May 04, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, wizardry
Book Twenty-five

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

"Hell's Bells" count - 13

While I was on my long commute to work (not so bad, as it affords me more reading time), I wondered what the Harry Dresden from Storm Front would have made of the Harry Dresden from this book. I imagine he probably would have been scared. And to be honest, I don't think I would be able to blame him.

There's necromancy afoot in Chicago, and as much as he doesn't want to be, Harry is in the middle of all of it. He's been charged by on
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Harry Dresden fans, do you know you can get special Dresden character tea blends like this Butters one?? Just food, er, drink for thought.

Wonder what he tastes like. Corpses??

I'm 100% in love with the audiobooks for this series. James Marsters gets better and better with each book, and I'm addicted to listening to him narrate. His character vocal differentiation is improving with each story, and his inflections are spot on. He is amazing, really amazing.

In terms of plot, this one was pretty fr
Lindsey Rey
Jul 26, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
This had one of the most creative and fun uses of magic I've ever seen without creating an entirely original magic system! Also some serious character development and story progression!! You rock, Jim Butcher!
Israt Disha
Jun 29, 2017 Israt Disha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Son. Everyone dies alone. That's what it is. It's a door. It's one person wide. When you go through it, you do it alone. But it doesn't mean you've got to be alone before you go through the door. And believe me, you aren't alone on the other side.”

About this book, it's like any other book of Dresden Files just nastier. When you think things cannot get any worse, all hell break loose something happens to worsen everything. And I cannot help but be surprised at how much will Harry has and how fa
May 10, 2015 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This seventh book in the Dresden Files series, took me on a roller coaster ride tread by many of the fans, yet managed to make the experience nearly pristine and virginal. The book was at first a slow starter, then became a precocious child, then became an overachiever, then, a late bloomer. The entire novel was the work of a workaholic, of that I'm sure.

The series follow a formula only in the broadest sense of the word. I wish to tell Jim Butcher to ditch his cliffhangers. I mean, by that, hi
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
The chaotic events in his life may have Harry Dresden feeling Dead Beat...but his books have never been more energized!

As an accountant, when I have a bad day at work, it often means I spent hours poring through various mind-numbingly dull spreadsheets trying to rectify a discrepancy. Now here's Harry Dresden's version of a bad day at work. One of his most dangerous enemies has pictures that could destroy the life of Harry's closest friend and ally. In order to stop the evil vampire-sorceress Ma
Apr 10, 2017 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread, read-in-2017
Polka will never die!

Faye, la Patata
Oct 17, 2015 Faye, la Patata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did I say the last book was the best installment yet? I WAS OBVIOUSLY KIDDING. No, THIS books is the best installment yet. What is it about this series that just keeps getting better and better and better and better? I just adore how the stakes keep getting higher, and how our dear wizard Harry is always overcome with hurdles that even I am biting my nails in suspense, unsure if he'll even come out of it in one piece. And when he does overcome them in unconventional means, I can't help but sigh ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10/30/13: The one with lots of necromancers. Also the one where the series really solidly shifts into higher gear, in my opinion.

8/25/11: I noticed something about this character last night that I think speaks well of Butcher as a writer: he's managed to write a somewhat sexist character but not sexist books. It's not just because the character admits to being somewhat sexist, but because it's just the main character who has those views. The narrative and development of the supporting characters
Oct 02, 2012 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was not sure whether with book deserves 3 or 4 stars until I was introduced to Butters and Sue. Thanks to Sue, the book has the most epic ending of all Dresden Files books so far; the rating jumped to 5 stars - the highest of all Dresden Files book for me.

It starts innocently enough. Mavra, a vampire from Black Court (think Dracula on steroids) who happened to be one of the most powerful Dresden's enemies made an offer to the only official wizard which cannot be refused: find the last book of
May 21, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have two GR friends who have said that this series gets better and better with each book. I believe that to be true because these books really do get better, probably because I already love the characters. Harry is a great character. He is constantly evolving and I like that I'm learning something new about him with each new book. The new characters are also just as fascinating, as well as the returning ones.

I like all the fun twists that keep the story moving, often in unexpected ways. The w
Mr. Matt
Apr 02, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2013
This was without a doubt my favorite of the Dresden files. It had everything - especially zombies, and lots and lots of them!

This book made me really think about what I like about the Dresden files. The author develops multiple story lines and then weaves them together plausibly - at least as plausible as zombies in present day Chicago. The quest for the book of Kemmlar places Harry in a very bad position. Mavra is threatening to get Murphy arrested. Powerful necromancers are seeking to upend th
Jan 23, 2017 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much on-par with Blood Rites. I had a good time, though definitely felt that it was my second Dresden book in a row. I usually try to break them up because I end up feeling trapped if I read a whole series all together (I'm crazy I know), but even moreso with Harry's constant descriptions of his foibles as if he needs to describe them all to knew people in the 7th installment of the series!

Other than that, I had lots of fun and a good break from vampires, which I've felt have been a bit o
Executive Summary: One of my favorite books in the series. It might possibly have the most memorable sequence of all 14 books thus far.

Audio book: James Marsters continues to be excellent as the reader for the audio book. Of particular note, I really enjoy his voices for Butters and Ramirez.

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So what a long way we've come. Wizards, Werewolves, Vampires, Fae. What's left? Why Zombies of course..

One of Harry's enemies is back in town and blackmailing him to find something called the Wor
David Sven
The thing I'm really loving about this series is how Butcher manages to produce something new with each successive book while at the same time adding these threads of lore and story that carry over with each new book. While the first several books still felt somewhat episodic, by this book, all those little threads have now cumulated to evolve such a cohesion with the previous books that the depth of plot and character and world building make for some very satisfying and rewarding reading.

And I'
Feb 19, 2014 Manju rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, 2014

Its the best book in the series so far (and that extra half star is for Butters and Sue)!!

With Halloween just days away, Harry finds himself blackmailed by Marva into finding “Word of Kemmler”. But Harry even doesn’t know what “Word of Kemmler” is and what it can do or where to find it. If thats not enough three more wizards/necromancers who are powerful than Harry wants “Word of Kemmler” for themselves. And what follows next is endless action and fun.

This book was one hell of a ride right fr
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
So, this audiobook was pretty epic. End review. No, but seriously there's Necromancers, a zombie t-rex, Harry gets a wizardly promotion, there's a weird love triangle going on, although I don't think anyone is actually getting any, Bob gets kidnapped, and then there's the whole Lasciel thing. I loved this installment to bits; there was action to the max, tons of future possibilities open up for this series, and I bow down to James Marsters' grasp of Dresden's character. Butters made for an aweso ...more
Jan 10, 2017 Shawnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, fantasy

I love this series.
Feb 04, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Awesome, the whole thing was awesome! It’s never going to win any literature awards or be viewed as high brow but on the entertainment scale this is as near to 10 as I’m going to give. The series as a whole has fully developed for me and it now has the feel of joining friends for a beer at the pub and passing tales between one another. The narration is the usual top notch, easy banter style which flows from page to page and picks up the plot and goes from 0-60 before you could put on all y
Niki Hawkes  - The Obsessive Bookseller
I can definitely see why Jim Butcher is considered a staple in the Urban Fantasy genre – he has an excellent main character (who is a tad whiny at times, but that’s kind of why I like him), loads of paranormal that will continually ding your creep-o-meter (even though I admit it doesn’t take much to set mine off), and plenty of action, humor, and intrigue. Overall, if you’ve never read an urban fantasy, this author is a great place to start. The best thing about him is that he seems to get bette ...more
May 25, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
About halfway through this book, I was finding myself sneaking in chapters when I was supposed to be doing other things. It was very, very bad of me, I know. I've commented on several aspects of the series in reviews of the other books. One of the things I like is that each story is complete, but each builds on the last. This is the first book in the series that really depended on a knowledge of what had gone on before. I do think Butcher does an excellent job of tickling the memory about refere ...more
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I loved this book. It has everything I love and lacks exactly the thing I dislike in this series (Murphy and her self-righteous attitude). I still remember how she ruined the second book for me.
It took me quite a while to start reading Dead Beat because of the blurb. Since the starting point is a blackmail connected to Murphy I expected her to play a greater role here. Fortunately that's not the case. Murphy lovers will be disappointed to find that she appears only in two scenes, one in the beg
Jody McGrath
Jul 11, 2017 Jody McGrath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry Dresden's home is getting crowded. Too bad none of those residents are female, or human. But he doesn't have too much time to complain. Murphy is out of town and an old vamp from the past has pictures that could not only get Murphy thrown off the force, but possibly thrown in jail. Dresden has no choice but to make a deal with this vamp to get the pictures and negatives back. All he has to do is find the word of Kemmler. Not that he has any idea what or who that is.

Needless to say we get
Re-read June 2017: This is very nearly a perfect urban fantasy book. It comes soooo close. If it weren't for Harry being an occasional bridge troll re: women and gender roles, UGH THIS BOOK IS SO FUN. Butters is my life. Also, I'm not convinced at this point that Butcher isn't doing it on purpose, because (view spoiler) ...more
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Alex Ristea

That alone made this an awesome read for me. (An inside joke for those who have already read the book, but then again most of my reviews are meant for post-read discussion anyway.)

The Dresden Files has always had a great cast of supporting characters, and Dead Beat is no exception. I like how they switch around between novels too. For example, not a lot of Murphy and Michael in this book, but we get to explore Butters and Thomas more deeply.

We see (yet again) the brilliance
Sep 26, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could mention what every other review has mentioned as a reason to read this book. I could point out that Harry is an everyman, and he is not really special in the way that other female paranormal characters tend to be (he's not the most powerful whatever, he's not the only something). I could point out his reactions are full of everyday common sense. I could point out that Butcher makes excellent use of pop culture. I could point out that Butcher's excellent charaziation extends to dog and ca ...more
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Can you hear that? It's the sound of Jim Butcher swinging and sending one out of the park.
I have to wonder if the author can really keep upping his game this way?


Dead beat was anything but a dead beat, and was packed with everything you could hope for and more. There were Zombies, Dinosaurs, Vampires, Faeries, Necromancers, Demons, Goblins, Damsels in distress, Ghouls and even cats & dogs. And as expected - ROCK/Harry Dresden/HARD PLACE.




Dresden is getting more and more fleshed out as a chara
Jun 07, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

Dead Beat, number 7 in the Harry Dresden series is the best so far. This is a surprise to me as I loved the last book Blood Rites. I have a love for pretty much everything Urban Fantasy, but Dresden is often too PG nature for me. Harry is simply too good of a guy bordering on goodie goodie. I have really enjoyed the series up to this point but want it to be a bit darker, scarier, and less clean. For a while it was only Butcher's writing and Dresden himself that kept me even the slightest
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more
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The Dresden Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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“Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar” 830 likes
“We are not going to die."

Butters stared up at me, pale, his eyes terrified. "We're not?"

"No. And do you know why?" He shook his head. "Because Thomas is too pretty to die. And because I'm too stubborn to die." I hauled on the shirt even harder. "And most of all because tomorrow is Oktoberfest, Butters, and polka will never die.”
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