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White Night: 06/27/18
White Night by Jim Butcher is the ninth in the Dresden Files series and the first one in ages I've read as an audiobook. I've come to the conclusion that listening to James Marsters's performance is my favorite way to enjoy this series.
The witches of Chicago are dying. The deaths look like suicide but to Harry Dresden's trained eye, they're carefully crafted murders. Worse yet, it's obvious that Harry's half brother is somehow involved. Given his demonic background, Harry expects the worse.
I have to say I figured out most of what was going on before Harry did. That said, I felt this story was better grounded than some of the previous ones. Harry's scrying / spying by diorama was particularly interesting and better thought out than say Charmed's street map of San Francisco approach.
The one place where the book fell flat for me was an extended dream sequence / flashback which gives background on a disastrous training run Harry and some others had partaken in the recent past. The sequence is there to fill in well needed information and build suspense as it comes on the heels of a life and death situation.
The next book in the series is Small Favor.