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Henry Rawlins is a human male, and a member of the Chicago Police Department. He first appears in Dead Beat.


Rawlins is a large man, with coffee-colored skin, in his late fifties and with greying hair.[1]

Harry describes Henry Rawlins as a blocky man, comfortably overweight, in his mid-fifties, has a frosted grey beard contrasting with his dark skin and looks about as soft as a Brinks truck. He wears a weather-beaten overcoat and an off-the-rack suit.[2]


He is married, with children. He is a good cop who gets in trouble with his superiors by following his instincts instead of police procedure. He has a droll sense of humor and is one of the few on the force who believe in the supernatural.(reference needed)

He is a uniformed cop in Dead Beat, but he's been a detective twice. Both times he was demoted "on account of I have an attitude problem."(reference needed)

At the end of Proven Guilty, Rawlins was again made a detective and a member of Special Investigations. He is partnered with Karrin Murphy.[3]

There are indications Rawlins knew Murphy as a little girl, having been a friend of her father, and he's assumed to be the only person alive who is allowed to call her "Karrie".[4]

In the seriesEdit

Dead BeatEdit

Main article: Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Harry first sees Rawlins while Listening to him talking the security man downstairs, though it wasn't his job to that. Rawlins used to be a detective, it comes natural to him. Rawlins catches Harry surreptitiously examining a crime scene at the Field Museum of Natural History. Rawlins recognizes him, knows that he works with Murphy, and compliments him on his work. He shows him a relevant news clipping about Corpsetaker and Li Xian. When Harry asks why Rawlins is helping him, he tells him a story of when he was a young cop; he had interrupted a "thing" attacking a woman, and it had turned on him, about to kill him, when Collin Murphy had appeared and killed it with a shotgun loaded with rocksalt.[5]

Proven GuiltyEdit

Main article: Proven Guilty

In Proven Guilty, Rawlins was on the scene of the initial attack at SplatterCon!!! with a name tag reading "An Authority Figure." He had arrested Nelson Lenhardt for the crime, because there were no other suspects and he hoped the boy knew something that could help the investigation, though he believed him innocent. He lets Harry look at the crime scene through the door.[6]

Later in , he helps Harry Dresden and Karrin Murphy with the phobophage attacks. He ends up being kidnapped by Darby Crane, soon identified as Madrigal Raith, along with Harry, and gets a bullet shot through his foot.[7] Thomas appears out of the dark to stop Crane from killing him.[8]

White NightEdit

Main article: White Night

He's mentioned in White Night as the one who heard about the rumor of Harry Dresden and Thomas Raith having a relationship.

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

He appears briefly in Small Favor, where Harry and Murph make him leave the crime scene for deniability and steal his donut.[9]

Turn CoatEdit

Main article: Turn Coat

In Turn Coat, Henry makes amusing remarks over the speaker as Murphy and Harry interrogate Binder.[10]


Main article: Changes

In Changes, he is only mentioned. The first time: Henry called Murphy in the night letting her know about Harry's building exploding. Murphy tought some baddy finally got to Harry.[11] The second time: Rawlins and Stallings searched Murphy's place.[12]


  1. Turn Coat, ch. 30
  2. Small Favor, ch. 4
  3. Proven Guilty, ch. 47
  4. Ghost Story, ch. 2
  5. Dead Beat, ch. 13
  6. Proven Guilty, ch. 11
  7. Proven Guilty, ch. 26-27
  8. Proven Guilty, ch. 28
  9. Small Favor, ch. 1
  10. Turn Coat, ch. 31
  11. Changes, ch. 5
  12. Changes, ch. 23

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