|Cover artist||Christian McGrath|
|Series||The Dresden Files|
|Publication date||April 2009|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover) & AudioBook (Audio CD)|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.6 22|
|LC Classification||PS3602.U85 T87 2009|
|Preceded by||Small Favor|
||This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (January 2012)|
Nearly a year and a half after the events in Small Favor, Dresden's nemesis, Warden Morgan, shows up and asks for protection from the other Wardens. Morgan remembers going to sleep two days ago, waking up in Edinburgh today, and standing over LaFortier’s corpse with the murder weapon in hand. While obtaining supplies, Dresden spots a naagloshii, a demonic creatuire out of Native American lore. Over the course of investigating Morgans apparent crime, he legally entangles his apprentice Molly, as well as Captain Luccio, after they stumble over Morgan in Dresdens home. Dresden also confront Mandeline Raith of the White Court, whom Dresden comes to suspect is behind the frame of Morgan, and Binder, a practitioner who uses beings of the Nevernever as a mercenary.
Dresden invites Captain Luccio to accompany him on a visit to Lara Raith and accuse her of complicity, but is interrupted by the naagloshii who ransoms Thomas for Morgan. Realizing he needs far more strength to combat the skinwalker, Dresden performs a Sanctum Invocation and overpowers the spirit of the island, (site of the finale in Small Favor).
Despite this, Dresden, aware that he can't fight each fight one at a time, calls the Council, House Raith, and the Naagloshii, convincing each that Morgan is on the island or that the island is where they will meet to discuss further strategy. Before Dresden can explain the complex chain of cats-paws, they are attacked by Madeline Raith, Binder, and Binder’s demons. Dresden leads the White Court members under Lara and the wizards, and overpowers Madeline, who is killed by Lara, and Binder, whom Dresden frees after a parley, but is brought down by the naagloshii, and is saved by Listens-to-Wind. Thomas is rescued but is insane with hunger, and is collected by Lara. Morgan surrenders after the true murderer manages to slip away.
Back in England for Morgans trial, Dresden produces incontrovertible evidence that a high ranking clerk, Peabody, is the murderer, and has also been influencing virtually everyone on the Council by use of magically poisoned ink. Peabody escapes, slaughtering a large portion of the Council, and opens a Way into the Nevernever. Overpowering Dresden after being chased down, Peabody is killed by Morgan. Morgan then explains that it was Anastasia Luccio who actually killed LaFortier, under the influence of Peabody, and Morgan acted to protect her. Morgan then passes away.
In the aftermath, Gregori Cristos fills LaFortier’s Senior Council seat. The Merlin had rigged the election to appease Cristos and his faction and prevent a Council schism, the true goal of the Black Council. During a respite, Luccio approaches Dresden, and reveals that her romantic feelings for Dresden were most likely manufactured by Peabody’s subtle influences, and ends the relationship. Murphy runs the numbers on Madeline’s cell phone. There are repeated calls to restaurants in Algiers and Egypt - probable locations of Black Council activity.
Dresden and Ebenezar speak after the Council meeting. Ebenezar is slowly drumming up support, quietly, from those who believe in the Black Council. They have to be silent since the Merlin denies the existence of such a group and proposing such a thing could be considered treason. They accept this and then decide to call themselves the "Grey Council".
Dresden contacts Lara and asks to see Thomas, who explains that the Naagloshii had tortured him, and forced him to fatally feed on several women. After repeated fatal feedings, he now views everyone as food, and comments that his sister is proud of him. However, Thomas still has feelings for Justine and smiles at Harry before he leaves.
Plot points introduced
- The Black Council: Ebenezar McCoy suspects that newly-instated Senior Council member, Gregori Cristos, is working for The Black Council.
- The Grey Council: Ebenezar's name for their counter-Black Council group. If discovered, the Merlin would either accuse them of being the "Black Council" or an illegal rival. Regardless, Ebenezar and Dresden would be executed on charges of sedition. The other Grey Council members are unknown.
- Soulfire: The angelic counterpart to hellfire, used extensively in this book. Dresden can boost his regular spells with soulfire. Dresden uses it sparingly, because his soul is the fuel. Introduced in Small Favor.
- Sanctum Invocation: A ritual spell that Dresden used to claim the uncharted island in Lake Michigan. The process involved summoning the island's spirit and besting it in combat. In the ritual, he named the spirit "Demonreach." The two-way connection allows Dresden to know what happens on the island and influence the insects, animals, trees, etc. The Gatekeeper warns Dresden not to draw upon the island's leyline power, because he does not have the skill to control it yet.
- Alphas: Will Borden, leader of the Alphas, has made it clear to Dresden that, in light of Kirby's death, he will have to tell them everything from now on if he wants their cooperation in supernatural matters.
- Dresden's Mysterious Future: McCoy calls Dresden a suitable replacement "for that particular mantle" speaking of Demonreach and an unknown occupation. Rashid, the Gatekeeper, also mentions that Dresden's time to confront the Council has not yet come.
List of characters
- Skinwalker: Naagloshii, a native American spirit of immense power and ability to change form. This creature has survived a millennia and is semi-divine in nature. It eats magical creatures, including wizards, to increase its own power.
- Vincent Graver: A private detective and former vice officer from Joliet, who resigned after being assigned to the SIU as punishment for trying to prosecute a Chicago city council member. Dresden is impressed with his integrity, and subcontracts detective work to him. By the end of the book, Graver and Molly have a date, and Graver and Mouse together bring in conclusive evidence implicating Samuel Peabody as the traitor within the White Council.
- Binder: Ernest Armand Tinwhistle, a Cockney mercenary who specializes in summoning a large number of creatures from the Nevernever.
- Chandler: A British Warden who guards the Nevernever portal to the White Council's headquarters in Edinburgh.
- Demonreach: The ancient spirit, genius loci, of the uncharted island in Lake Michigan. Dresden bonded with the spirit during the Sanctum Invocation. Whenever Dresden is physically present on the island, he shares the Demonreach's supernatural knowledge of the island. Deamonreach appears as a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) cloaked and robed figure with no visible features but glowing green eyes. It has a limp from "the glacier that carved out Lake Michigan"  The island holds an unknown grudge against the Gatekeeper resulting in the Gatekeeper's unwillingness to step onto the island.
- Madeline Raith: A White Court vampire and cousin of Thomas and Lara. She betrayed the White Court to the Black Council in much the same way as Vitto Malvora did in White Night. Working with Lara's business manager, she creates a money trail from Morgan to one of Lara's holding companies, in order to implicate the White Court in LaFortier's death. She hires Binder to find Morgan before anyone else does, so that Morgan can be blamed for her future activities. Lara ultimately kills both Madeline and the business manager and sends their heads to the White Council.
Turn Coat in other media
- Turn Coat has also been recorded as an audio book, narrated by James Marsters.
- This book is available as an e-book in both epub and kindle formats.
- Turn Coat debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction.
- "Best Sellers". The New York Times. April 24, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
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- The first five chapters of the book are found on the author's official website.