Death Masks by Jim Butcher
(Dresden Files, Book 5)

81%

12 Critic Reviews

...problematic elements aside – and I've come to expect problematic elements in every book I read – this is a great book, one of the few I can genuinely say I loved and is most certainly worth a read
-Fangs For The Fantasy

Synopsis

The Dresden Files have taken the genre of paranormal mystery to a new level of action, excitement, and hard-hitting magical muscle. Now, in Death Masks, Jim Butcher’s smart-guy private eye may have taken on more than he ever wanted to handle…
 
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Such as:
 
A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards…
 
Professional hit men using Harry for target practice…
 
The missing Shroud of Turin—and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss…
 
A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified…
 
Not to mention the return of Harry’s ex-girlfriend Susan, who’s still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you’re charging.


From the Paperback edition.
 

About Jim Butcher

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A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane.
 
Published August 5, 2003 by Roc. 1 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Death Masks
All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

SF Site

Good
Reviewed by Victoria Strauss on Jun 18 2014

Jim Butcher is going from strength to strength in this excellent series. Death Masks is his most assured book yet, a smooth melding of inventive storylines, dark supernatural themes, edge-of-your-seat adventure, strong characterizations, and irreverent humor.

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Love Vampires

Good
on Jun 18 2014

Death Masks has a wonderful mixture of monsters and mythologies which combined with it’s classic noir PI protagonist make it a more-ish treat for urban fantasy fans. Highly recommended reading.

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SFFWorld.com

Above average
Reviewed by Hobbit on Jan 06 2008

...a slight disappointment, but still recommended. In short: more continued goodness this time around. More complicated personal life, more war, more knights, more vampires, more duels, no werewolves.

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Geeks of Doom

Good
Reviewed by Waerloga69 on Mar 13 2011

Death Masks folds together old plot lines and introduces new characters and enemies to the scene. This combination produces a book that is more like a fast-paced, lively read that you cannot put down and less like a bridge book between plots.

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Fangs For The Fantasy

Good
Reviewed by Sparky on Aug 03 2011

...problematic elements aside – and I've come to expect problematic elements in every book I read – this is a great book, one of the few I can genuinely say I loved and is most certainly worth a read

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Pure Textuality

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Reviewed by Beth on Dec 13 2014

Death Masks is an excellent edition to the Dresden series. Harry’s in mortal danger, because the Red Court has ordered his death. Harry’s love Susan is going through some major shit...and Harry’s once again putting his friend Michael Carpenter in danger...

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SF Reviews

Good
on Dec 13 2014

Probably the most viscerally satisfying scene has Dresden fucking a guy up with a baseball bat. If you'd been chased, beaten, attacked with spells, shot at, tied up and tortured, you'd be ready to play a little rough yourself. When you're battling demons and their minions, it's time to check political correctness at the door.

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Confessions of a Bibliophile

Above average
on Nov 20 2009

I liked this a bit more than the last Dresden book. The plot felt more solid and easier to follow, though there still wasn’t enough Murphy or Bob. I really like Murphy and Bob.

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https://www.sfsite.com

Good
Reviewed by Victoria Strauss on Jan 01 2003

Jim Butcher is going from strength to strength in this excellent series. Death Masks is his most assured book yet, a smooth melding of inventive storylines, dark supernatural themes, edge-of-your-seat adventure, strong characterizations, and irreverent humor.

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Bookshelves of Doom

Good
on Jun 02 2006

As usual, Jim Butcher gives enough background information to allow someone to pick up the series in the middle, but not enough to be annoying to those who have.

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The Wertzone

Good
Reviewed by Adam Whitehead on Dec 09 2011

Each one of these plots would be enough to drive a novel by itself and Butcher seems to delight in upping the ante and complexity of the series to new heights. Combined with the ongoing, series-spanning storylines, this makes Death Masks the most epic book in the series to date.

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Pat's Fantasy Hotlist

Good
Reviewed by Patrick on Jan 18 2012

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files is fast becoming one of my favorite series on the market today. Urban fantasy it may be, yet it is as good and convoluted as can be!

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