POLKA WILL NEVER DIE!
That alone made this an awesome read for me. (An inside joke for those who have already read the book, but then again most of my reviews are meant for post-read discussion anyway.)
The Dresden Files has always had a great cast of supporting characters, and Dead Beat is no exception. I like how they switch around between novels too. For example, not a lot of Murphy and Michael in this book, but we get to explore Butters and Thomas more deeply.
We see (yet again) the brilliance of Harry’s dry humour, and perhaps the best use of hyperbole? Yes, yes I think so.
Dead Beat felt a little like “the conversation book” to me. Harry seemed to jump from one conversation to the next, with lengthy bits of dialogue with various secondary characters.
Luckily, I think Jim Butcher is a master a dialogue, and James Marster is an excellent narrator, so a win on all accounts.
Last thing—I’m starting to see a theme present in each of the Dresden books. (Keep in mind this is just my own theory). The last one was family, and this one was fear. We’ll see if I can continue these one-word summations with the rest of the series.