So far on this Dresden Files re-read of mine, I’ve liked all the books better (some significantly so). But this one gave me feeeeelings. I mean, I mostly remembered it for the Harry-goes-undercover-on-the-set-of-a-porno plot, so to say that these feeeeelings were unexpected was a bit of an understatement.
So Harry goes undercover on the set of a porno! His White Court vampire acquaintance, Thomas, has asked him for a favor, to take the director on as a client, to protect the cast and crew from an evil eye curse that is taking people out. And this wouldn’t be a Dresden Files book if multiple shits didn’t hit the fan at the same time. Luckily it’s only a couple this time instead of the usual five or so. The Black Court is also in town, and they’re gunning for Harry. So for a change of pace, he decides instead of waiting for trouble to come to him, he’s just going to kill it all first. With the help of friends (and hired goons), of course.
So the part where the feelings come in is that Harry spends a lot of time musing about family in this one, whether because of accidentally attending Murphy’s family reunion, or witnessing the dynamics between the Raith clan. So halfway through when he finds out that SPOILERS Thomas is actually his half-brother, and that he’s no longer alone END SPOILERS, the whole book ends up crystalizing around their fledgling relationship. Also, Mouse shows up as a puppy, and I forgot how freaking cute he used to be.
Not much else to say, other than I really enjoyed revisiting this. Most of my original review still stands, although the things I had problems with (Harry’s fight with McCoy, the lingering fight scenes) didn’t bother me as much this go-round. As great as the audiobooks are for this series, the one advantage the hard copies have is you can get through the iffy bits muuuch faster.