Wow, there were some seriously freaky beasties and baddies in the 5th installment of the Dresden Files. We’re used to Harry having to battle the weird and supernatural, but this stuff was really ratcheting things up a notch (or five).
Harry has a job, a rather big one: find the stolen Shroud of Turin. Yeah that one. Naturally, the Vatican wants it back, they’ve traced it to Chicago and they reluctantly ask for Harry’s expertise.
Then Susan appears. It’s been a long time since they’ve seen each other and the passion is palpable. There’s still that pesky problem of Susan’s near-vampirism, so it just doesn’t look good for these two crazy lovebirds. As the story went on and we learned more about what Susan has been through and what she is becoming, I started finding her a lot more interesting. Besides, Harry deserves to Get Some.
So yeah, The Shroud. Everyone from the Denarians, led by the ancient Nicodemus, to Gentleman Johnny Marcone wants this thing. That’s a heap ‘o trouble for our boy. Add to that the duel he’s got to fight with Ortega of the Red Court. They’re still all mad about that Bianca thing. More than that, there’s all that politicking and warmongering amongst the Red Court as well as the White Council. Two years on and there are plenty on the White Council who wouldn’t mind if Harry were dead. Since all three of the Knights of the Cross are in town, Shiro offers to be his second. Breakneck action and adventure ensues.