Title: Dead Beat
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files #7
Genre: Detective, Private Investigator, Urban Fantasy, Wizards, Zombies, Necromancy, Vampires
Jim Butcher is at it again as he was able to produce another Harry Dresden hit in "Dead Beat" his 7th installment of the Dresden Files series.
"Dead Beat" opens up with Harry agreeing to take care of his cop-friend (who could be more) house while she goes away on a vaction to Hawaii with another man. Harry suspected it to be Kincaid and tried to stop her but but he resisted.
Then he was contacted by Mavra, the Black Court vampire he thought he'd killed during "Blood Rites". Harry was ask to look for "The Word of Kemmler" and then goes on to black mail him that if he doesn't get her the "Word of Kemmler", Murphy will loose his job as a police officer using some seriously incriminating pictures.
So, the chase for the elusive "Word" begins. In the process, Harry discovers that Kemmler was a black wizard sho specialized in necromancy. With Kemmler dead, his disciples are looking for the Word, too, competing with each other, hoping to gain the power the "Word" provides.
It's a fast-paced story with some really good messages within, particularly relating to Waldo Butters and courage.
This is also the first book on which Harry was appointed to be a Warden (spoiler alert) due to a shortage of Warden because of the war of the council against the Red Court.
DEAD BEAT is must read for every Dresden Files fans out there as we got to read about the evil side of BOB the Skulll and Harry gets to control a big prehistoric creature in battle.