Death Masks by Jim Butcher

This is the fifth book in the Dresden Files series.

Published: 2003

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 374 pages

Setting: Chicago, present day, soon after the events of Summer Knight

Summary: Harry Dresden has a new client – the Catholic Church. They are trying to recover the Shroud of Turin. At the same time, the Red Court of the vampires approached Harry with a proposition – a duel to end the war between the Red Court and the White Council of wizards. His ex-girlfriend, Susan, is also back in town, using her new powers as a half-vampire to fight he vampires. Turns out the mob boss, Marcone, had arranged to steal the Shroud, but Nicodemus and some Denarians (people seduced by Fallen angels) want the Shroud to start a plague. Harry is helped by some Knights and Susan, and he is able to make things right in the end, after lots of excitement.

Final thoughts: A very enjoyable book, although a bit more adult than most of the others (there was a sex scene). I like how time seems to pass and major events occur between books. The characters deal with those off-stage events during the story, so the events are mentioned, but never fully explained. High quality urban fantasy with an interesting bit of Christian mythology thrown in.

Title comes from: Not an obvious one. Perhaps referring to the masks the vampires wear and lots of potential death going on. It does fit the naming style of two-word titles.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this is a review of a book I read in a previous year.

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