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The Field Museum of Natural History is located in Chicago, and fist appears in Dead Beat.


Based upon the actual institution, The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. Currently it is home to the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil yet discovered, nicknamed Sue after its discoverer. In Dead Beat, Harry visits the museum and revives the fossil dinosaur in order to ride it into battle against a powerful necromancer.

Under the Museum runs a great ley line.[1]

In the seriesEdit

Dead BeatEdit

Main article: Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Harry follows some clues left by the ghosts that Mortimer Lindquist called forth to help—they spattered red dots on a map at locations where there was necromancer activity. The Field Museum is one those locations. Harry arrives to find an investigation going on for the murder of Dr. Bartlesby. Harry looks around and Listens. A police officer on the scene, Henry Rawlins, was asking the security guard questions though the detectives on he scene were supposed to do that, not Rawlins. Rawlins gave Harry a photo of Bartlesby's two assistants: Alicia Nelson and Li Xian. It turns out later that Alicia Nelson is really Corpsetaker, a necromancer.[2]

Later, Harry uses a GPS and the numbers Harry and Butters found in Bony Tony's corpse at the Morgue to locate the Word of Kemmler. They find the Word in the Field Museum taped under the platform that held Sue's skull. When Grevane enters with Quintus Cassius, also known as Liver Spots and Snakeboy Harry makes Butters leave, then he hastily skims through the book for Lasciel to read. Harry threatens to burn it if he doesn't let him leave. That's when he is suddenly covered by snakes, fangs tearing at him. Grevane takes the book and leaves Harry, handcuffed in Wizard manacles, in the hands of Liver Spots. [3]

Liver Spots turns out to be Quintus Cassius, a former Denarian with a really major grudge against Harry. Plus, he's desperate for a |Coin and wants Harry's coin of Lasciel. So he tortures Harry for the enjoyment, planning to dissect him alive. Butters and Mouse rescue Harry—Mouse kills him. His death curse is: "Die alone".[4] Harry has an internal discussion with Lasciel and his double and learns about the Darkhallow.[5]

Then Harry re-animates Sue. Then he and Butters, who beats his Polka drums to keep Sue under command, set off to rescue the world from the Heirs of Kemmler through the streets of Chicago on an zombie T-Rex.[6]

Proven GuiltyEdit

Main article: Proven Guilty

In Proven Guilty, Murphy told Harry about the police finding a dead body ravaged by an animal and three different blood types on the scene.[7]


  1. Small Favor, ch. 39
  2. Dead Beat, ch. 13
  3. Dead Beat, ch. 36
  4. Dead Beat, ch. 37
  5. Dead Beat, ch. 38
  6. Dead Beat, ch. 39
  7. Proven Guilty, ch. 14

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