By Jim Butcher
Whilst a killer vampire threatens to spoil head of exact Investigations Karrin Murphy's popularity except Harry can provide the robust be aware of Kemmler to her, he has no selection. Now Harry is in a race opposed to time to discover the note ahead of Chicago reviews a Halloween evening to wake the lifeless.
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