Woohooo … another week closer to Peace Talks, and another chance to chat about Harry Dresden and his very interesting friends and enemies. Today, whaddya say we talk about my favorite female character of the series:
SGT. KARRIN MURPHY!
All good Dresdenphiles know that Harry has been attracted to a few women here and there in his life. He’s not a kid, after all, and he can admire a nice-looking female with the best of them. But his real choices throughout the series have been pretty limited, and only one of them has ever made sense to me, even though Harry seldom admits being attracted to her. Sgt. Karrin Murphy is in charge of of Chicago’s Special Investigations department, and Murph, as Harry calls her, is my topic of the day.
Sgt. Karrin Murphy (alias Murph)
Personally, I’ve always been on Team Murphy, hoping these two will finally admit their mutual attraction, since they are obviously perfect for each other. (Just ask me. I’ll tell you. 😀 )
In Book 1, Storm Front, Harry and Murphy already have a working relationship, of sorts. Murphy is never sure she can trust Harry, and Harry is always wary of being arrested by Murphy. But Storm Front is not where the two met for the first time. Oh, no. That took place in a short story called Restoration of Faith, which was first offered on Jim Butcher’s website in 2010, but was later reprinted in the anthology Side Jobs, a terrific collection of short tales any Dresden fan would love.
The friendship between these two does grow with each book, and they make a damn good fighting team, even if Murphy is a strictly by-the-law kind of gal, while Harry is… ermm … not, at least not necessarily. He’s more concerned with doing what he thinks is right, legalities be damned. (A goal that is often dangerously at odds with his own well-being. I mean, the man gets beaten up more than any hero I’ve ever read about, I do believe.)
Somehow, nothing ever goes exactly the way Harry thinks it’s going to, but he never, ever gives up, even though many a scene between Murphy and him ends up like the one below, especially in the earlier books. Heck, half the fun of each book is wondering when he’ll have to ask Murph for help, or when she’s going to show up unexpectedly to either recruit him, or arrest him, depending on how she calls the situation.
Uh-oh. Harry’s in Trouble Again.
Murphy is described as being 5 feet nothing, cute as a button, and tough as nails, fighting for her place in a job that is dominated by men, learning how to battle things she never believed in until seeing them for the first time. She’s also annoyed as hell when Harry does things like open the door for her, or pull out a chair. Harry, on the other hand, is old school, chivalrous to a fault, and determinedly considerate of all women. Except those who scare him half to death, like Bianca, the Red Court vampire, and Mab, one of the Queens of the Fae.
Just Another Day on the Job for Harry and Murph.
Confused yet? You won’t be as you read the books. Butcher is an expert at laying out marvelously complex plots without losing readers in a sea of confusion. And on that note, here are a couple of amusing memes for you.
And that’s it for today, folks! Hope there are some Murphy fans out there who enjoyed this one, and some new potential readers who are looking forward to meeting her. I’ll be back next week with something else to help celebrate being another week closer to Peace Talks! Until then, remember our rallying cry: