My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Quick impression: Good one liners for Thomas. Some of Harry's jokes are getting old. Great character development of Butters (with plenty of encouragement by Harry). And, of course, Sue. This one should have made it into the TV series.
When I first started this book, I thought it would be a continuation of Harry's relationship with Thomas established in Blood Rites, and given that Thomas is having trouble adjusting to not being wealthy ... well, I thought he was the dead beat in the title. It took me a couple of chapters and re-listening to a few sections before I got it. I suppose that's one drawback to listening to the book instead of reading it.
So, if you like zombies and vampires and sexy demons who play mind games, and of course listening to James Marsters, I highly recommend the audible version. I think the last Dresden book I actually read was Storm Front, so I imagine that the print version of Dead Beat is just as fast-paced as the audio.
I see lots of people, six and seven books in, still complaining about Harry's old-fashioned chivalrous attitude towards women. Some find it condescending. I find it endearing. Harry knows that he's old-fashioned and that his attitude isn't PC, but he accepts that flaw in himself and we should too. Hell's Bells, he's finally learned to let Murphy and Susan take care of themselves and let them have his back. The series wouldn't be as good if Harry didn't have some very huge flaws that he works through in each adventure.
Now on to Proven Guilty.
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