TITLE: DEATH MASKS
AUTHOR: JIM BUTCHER
Details: no. 5 Dresden Files
When you pick up a book in this series you know what to expect. You'll get Harry Dresden, the only practising professional wizard in Chicago up to his neck in trouble. And that's exactly what you find in this story.
And Henry has a lot on his plate. He's hired to find the Shroud of Turin which has been stolen, has professional hit-men taking shots at him, is challenged to a duel by the champion of the Red Court Vampires and dealing with the return to Chicago of his ex-girlfriend Susan. And that is before you take into account deadly deceases, headless corpses, knights and demons.
This really is a thrill a minute; neither Harry nor the reader is allowed any respite from the action.
However, underneath all of that there's always Harry struggling with the forces of good and evil, trying to do the right thing but finding that his emotions can take over. The whole story line with Susan is rather sad, which adds an other layer to the story again.
All in all I read these books for the action, but really appreciate the extra depth on offer.