Death Masks - Jim Butcher

Death Masks

By Jim Butcher

  • Release Date: 2003-08-05
  • Genre: Paranormal
Score: 4.5
From 874 Ratings


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 can 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.


  • Death Masks

    By varthlokkur
    I just finished rereading this series from the beginning. They hold up great
  • Love it!

    By ManMuffinManiac
    Great addition to the series, it’s starting to ramp up.
  • Dead Beat

    By kathabrams
    This is one of the best Dresden Files novels I’ve read. The plot is tight and twisty, there isn’t too much repetition of background information from other books, and it features the blossoming of Mouse the dog as a fully grown member of the evil-fighting team. I do wonder about the sudden non-appearance of old friends like Michael, the Fist of God. But without Michael or policewoman Karrin Murphy the action picks up in a surprisingly successful way.
  • Sweet!

    By grmcrkrs
    I loved this book! I'll read it again someday.
  • Death Mask

    By Tommytune1
    I love his quirky sentences. His " live by the code" attitude makes all the Dresden Files uniquely his character. It's fast paced but wonderfully predictable.
  • Above Description is Incorrect

    By Camprunamuck Collectables
    This Dresden Files novel, book #5 in the series and is about the challenge of Ortega, a Red Court Vampire against Harry Dresden and vaious subplots that are equally engaging and intricately woven into the main plot. I highly recommend the entire Dresden Files series, though the series takes off to new heights with book #7, Dead Beat which is the first Dresden novel written in hardcover, as well as original cover art paperback, and reissue paperback with new cover art.
  • Death Masks

    By BongoBern
    I'm not going to review all of the Dresden books. I'm not a critic or a writer, just a reader. There were some things I didn't like about Harry Dresden: his stubborn demeanor, his sudden anger, inability to work with others when reasonable. Now those traits have become endearing as I find Harry Dresden to be, irascible true, but a kindly curmudgeon at worst. The adventures get better and better, more exciting, more evil, and I often wonder how Dresden will get out of "this one." Though I know he will, you can't kill off your hero after all, Butcher shrouds (couldn't resist) the action with the vagaries of magical mayhem, rendering the outcome uncertain in the suspended reality of the story. Again, if the Dresden Files TV series had been a little more like the book, hellish production costs aside, the show might still be running. This is not to find fault with the cast or concept, but it felt much lighter than the books. Perhaps The Dresden Files, the TV series, was ahead of its time. However The Dresden Files book series is a terrific set of books to have in your fantasy library. I highly recommend them.