Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, and Joseph Cooper is a graphic novel based on a new, original story that takes place within the Dresden Files universe (available December 3, 2013).
Fresh on the heels of the events of Fool Moon (Dresden Files, Book 2), our hero, wizard Harry Dresden, finds himself underwater, battling a powerful creature he’s never seen before. He wounds the monster, saving himself from a watery grave, but allowing it to escape in the process. Having caught only a persistent cold for his troubles, he fruitlessly continues his search for the creature over the next few days. Thus, he isn’t entirely unhappy for the distraction when another case shows up on his doorstep with the arrival of Prescott Tremaine, deputy sheriff of the small town of Boone Mill, Missouri. Several odd deaths have hit the town, and Pres, as he prefers to be called, has taken it upon himself to consult with an outsider whose area of expertise could help uncover the true circumstances of these deaths.
Dresden is somewhat reluctant to leave Chicago to investigate, till Pres explains that the family seemingly targeted, the Talbots, lost their parents at a very young age. Staring at the photos Pres brought with him, Dresden reflects:
A family of orphans... Given my own family history, I can't help but sympathize. My mother had died in childbirth, and I lost my father six years later to an aneurysm. I know what it is to be alone and vulnerable, to need to trust someone... and to have that trust betrayed, to have it ripped away like an old sheet covering something rotten and grotesque. I know what it's like to lose everything… and I know what it is to be responsible for loss.
Once in Boone Mill, Dresden is taken aback by the lackadaisical attitude of Sheriff Daggett, who’s ready to write off the deaths as being coincidental. Knowing that no help will be forthcoming from that direction, Pres and Dresden hatch a plan to attend the funeral of the latest victim the next day, under the assumption that the killer will likely be unable to resist attending as well.