Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files

By Jim Butcher

From Jim Butcher comes the latest novel within the number 1 New York instances bestselling Dresden Files...

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s simply specialist wizard, is set to have a truly undesirable day. simply because as iciness Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry by no means understands what the scheming Mab may want him to do. often, it’s anything awful.

Mab has traded Harry’s abilities to repay a debt. And now he needs to aid a gaggle of villains led by means of Harry’s so much despised enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, to damage right into a high-security vault with a view to then entry a vault within the Nevernever.

Problem is, the vault belongs to Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld. And Dresden is lifeless yes that Nicodemus has no purpose of permitting any of his group to outlive the event. Dresden’s consistently been difficult, yet he’s going to need to up his backstabbing video game to outlive this mess.…

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Indeed,” Mab stated. “Which he said used to be to take away the contents of a vault. ” She leaned down, took a fistful of my blouse in her hand, and hauled me again to my ft as simply as she may heft a Chihuahua. “I by no means stated what you'll do after. ” I blinked at that. a number of instances. “You . . . ” I dropped my voice. “You wish me to double-cross him? ” “I count on you to pay off my debt via pleasing my instructions,” Mab spoke back. “After that . . . ” Her smile lower back, boastful within the shadows. “I count on you to be your self. ” “Whatever Nicodemus has going this time . . . you must cease him, too,” I breathed. She tilted her head, very a bit of. “You comprehend he’s unlikely to honor the truce,” I acknowledged quietly. “He’s going to aim to take me out someplace alongside the road. He’s going to betray me. ” “Of course,” she stated. “I count on more suitable, extra inventive treachery in your half. ” “While nonetheless conserving your observe and supporting him? ” I demanded. Her smile sharpened. “Is it now not really the sport? ” she requested. “In my more youthful days, i'd have relished this sort of novel problem. ” “Yeah,” I acknowledged. “Gee. thank you. ” “Petulance doesn't develop into the iciness Knight,” Mab stated. She grew to become to the elevator doorways, which had an immense dent in them an analogous form as a wizard’s noggin. They swept open with a groan of protesting steel. “Do this for me, and that i shall make sure the secure removing of the parasite whilst the duty is finished. ” “Nicodemus, his daughter, and God is familiar with what else is in his crew,” I stated. “I’m operating with my fingers tied, and also you count on me to outlive this online game? ” “If you must stay, if you would like your folks and family members to dwell, I anticipate you to do greater than live to tell the tale it,” Mab stated, sweeping out. “I count on you to epidermis them alive. ” 5 “To Mab’s credit,” Karrin Murphy acknowledged, “she is quite asking you to do what you’re sturdy at. ” I blinked. “What is that purported to suggest? ” “You tend to weasel out of those offers you get your self into, Harry,” she acknowledged. “You have a heritage. ” “Like I shouldn’t struggle them? ” I demanded. “You most likely should still concentration extra on now not moving into them within the first place,” she stated, “but that’s only one humble ex-cop’s opinion. ” We have been sitting in Karrin’s front room, within the little condo with the rose backyard she’d inherited from her grandmother. She used to be sipping tea, her spring-muscle physique coiled up right into a lazy-looking ball at one finish of the sofa. I sat within the chair throughout from her. My vast gray cat, Mister, was once sprawled in my lap, luxuriating and purring whereas I rubbed his fur. “You’ve taken excellent care of him,” I acknowledged. “Thank you. ” “He’s reliable company,” she stated. “Though i'm wondering if he wouldn’t love it larger with you. ” I moved from Mister’s again to rubbing in the back of his ears precisely the means he loved top. His purr gave the impression of a miniature motorboat. I hadn’t learned how a lot I’d overlooked the little furball till he’d come working up and thrown his shoulder opposed to my shins. Mister weighed the subsequent neatest thing to thirty kilos. I puzzled how the diminutive Karrin had controlled to maintain from being knocked down through his affection whenever she got here domestic.

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