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This article is for the policewoman. For any of her family member, see Murphy.

A former member of the Chicago Police Department's Special Investigations division, Karrin Murphy is a human female. She first appears in Storm Front.


Karrin Murphy is the oldest child of Marion and Collin Murphy. She has at least two brothers and one sister, Lisa.[1] She is short-statured, blonde and blue-eyed.(reference needed).

Collin Murphy was a senior detective in the Chicago PD and an investigator in the Black Cat Department, covering the same territory as the modern-day S.I. department. He committed suicide when Karrin was 11.[1]

Her home is in the neighborhood of Bucktown in Chicago; a small house left to her by her grandmother.[2][3]

Murphy is a nominal Catholic, as is her family.(reference needed)(most likely to be found in Blood Rites) Her father's nickname for her was Karrie, and the only other person to call her that is Henry Rawlins, who was once saved from a demon by Collin Murphy who came bearing a shotgun loaded with rock salt.[4][5]

Since Harry died, she has become far more paranoid.[6] Murphy is listed as executor on Harry Dresden's bank lock box, and is entrusted with seeing to the care of his daughter.[7]

She's one of the few people privy to Thomas Raith being his half-brother[8] and Margaret Angelica being his daughter.[9] She is also aware that he suspects the existence of a Black Council.[10]


Early relationshipsEdit

In Summer Knight, it comes out that when she was seventeen years old, she married Gregory Taggart, who Harry Dresden estimates to be about a decade older. Some time later Taggart left her. They tried to reconcile a few times, but it always ended in fighting.[2]

Her ex-husband Gregory Taggart died, 43 years old, at night, after a long fight against cancer. He had not told Murphy about his illness, and she was devastated when learning of his death by discovering his obituary in the Tribune newspaper. She regretted not having been able to say good-bye.[2]

In Blood Rites, Karrin reveals that she had been married to Rich at some point, but were divorced. He felt she was ignoring him for her job; she thought he wanted her to stay at home so she wouldn't make him look bad at work and was using the excuse of wanting to have kids as a rationalization. Murphy flips when she finds out that Rich is engaged to marry her kid sister, Lisa Murphy. Rich is a police detective in New Orleans and is getting transferred to the Chicago FBI to be near Lisa and her family.[1]

In Proven Guilty, Rich (now called Rick) is an FBI agent called in to assist the Homicide Department in the SplatterCon!!! case by Detective Greene and aids him in questioning Molly. Karrin intercedes. She does not get along with her ex-husband.[11]

Jared KincaidEdit

In Dead Beat, Karrin went on a sexually-loaded vacation to Hawaii with Jared Kincaid, making Harry quite jealous. Though Karrin appears only briefly in the book, Harry's actions are prompted by his desire to protect her from blackmail.

In Small Favor, Karrin is very distraught over how badly wounded Kincaid is after engaging the Denarians at the Shedd Aquarium.[8] Later, she says it hurt to see him that way, but she is not sure how involved she is. She thinks it's stupid to get hung up on him since he's not interested in getting serious. Harry believes it's that Karrin's detachment from Kincaid that keeps her able to be close to him.[12] At the end, Karrin has an odd look on her face as she watched Kincaid, wounded but looking rather paternal, crawl in next to the wounded Ivy, with his Glock.

Her relationship with Kincaid is disrupted by her burgeoning romantic feelings towards Dresden.[13]

Harry DresdenEdit

In Proven Guilty, she admits to being attracted to Harry Dresden, but is unwilling to act on it. First, she doesn't want to ruin their friendship and working relationship. Second, she worries about their difference in lifespans: as a wizard, Dresden will live for centuries, and she wants someone who can grow old with her and raise a family.[11]

In Small Favor, Murphy informs Dresden that she does not think Anastasia Luccio is right for him.[13]

In Cold Days, she accepts that Dresden hasn't died, but does not want to entrust the Swords Amoracchius and Fidelacchius, nor Bob to him. She is however unwilling to leave him alone.[14][15]

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Work lifeEdit

Whenever something inexplicable happens that the Chicago Police Department must handle, they send it over to Special Investigations. Conveniently, this is also where they tend to transfer out-of-favor officers. Murphy, however, took the assignment so seriously that she hired a wizard on as a consultant, much to her coworkers' consternation. She uses Harry Dresden as a walking supernatural library, hiring him as a police consultant.[16]

In Proven Guilty, Karrin Murphy is demoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant, after leaving the scene of the crime for 24 hours while she was on duty. (She was in the nevernever, kicking ass with Harry, and didn't realize that time runs differently there.) She is now partnered with Henry Rawlins.[17], who knew Murphy's father.

In Changes, she loses her job with the CPD altogether, thanks in large part to Rudolph.[18]

In Ghost Story, after Harry's death, she leads the Chicago Alliance against various supernatural threats.[19][20]


In Blood Rites, Murphy works out with the other cops in her department at Dough Joe's Gym. She takes down brawny double-attackers in a blink.[21]

In Turn Coat, she's a competition shooter. Harry saw her double-tap (like a pro-killer) two supernatural perps in the head in one smooth move in a "single pulsing hammer of sound".[22]


  • FN P-90 — 5.7x28mm bullpup pattern, personal defense weapon, with a top loading 50 round clear plastic[23][24] and a suppressor.[25] Karrin names the weapon "George".[15]
  • A pair of Japanese swords over the mantle.[2][3]
  • SIG Sauer semiautomatic pistol.[26]
  • .22 Competitive Shooting pistols.(reference needed)
  • AT4- 84-mm unguided, portable, single-shot recoilless smoothbore weapon, commonly used against tanks.(reference needed)
  • Kriss Vector- .45 ACP, submachine gun designed by KRISS USA, formerly Transformational Defense Industries (TDI).(reference needed)


When Harry first Sees her in Fool Moon, she wears flawless white robes.(reference needed)

In Grave Peril, when Harry is helping Micky Malone, Harry Sees her as she enters the room with his Sight already opened. "The door burst open. Murphy came through it, her eyes living flames of azure blue, her hair a golden coronet around her. She held a blazing sword in her hand and she shone so bright and beautiful and terrifying in her anger that it was hard to see. The Sight, I realized, dimly. I was seeing her for who she was."[27]

When Harry Sees her again in Blood Rites she appears as an angel, her eyes were "azure flame", she bore a fiery shaft in her hands. Her robes had become smudged with filth, blood, and smoke. She bled from several wounds and moved like she was in terrible pain.[28]


In Small Favor, under the Denarian Deirdre's attack, she drew the sword Fidelacchius, from its scabbard on Harry's shoulder. Brilliant white light shone from it, scaring Deirdre off. Harry said he believed that to be a job offer, Karrin says she already has one.[29] Later she asked Harry more about it but still declined, as she has already sworn an oath to protect Chicago.[13]

In Changes, Harry entrusts her with Fidelacchius for the mission to save Maggie.[30] She goes with Harry and his team to Chichén Itzá.[31] When she wields Fidelacchius, an Angel speaks through her.[32]

In Ghost Story, Karrin acts as custodian to both Fidelacchius and Amoracchius and fiercely defends them against Felicia of the White Court.[19]

In Cold Days, Karrin refuses to return the Swords to Harry while he's the Winter Knight.[14]

In the seriesEdit

Karrin on bike

Karrin on a bike

Restoration of FaithEdit

Main article: Restoration of Faith

In "Restoration of Faith", she finds Harry Dresden and Nicholas Christian in Faith Astor's company at the end of the bridge where they have fought the troll Gogoth. Mainly on the child's testimony, she lets Dresden and Christian go free rather than arresting them for the kid's kidnapping.[33]

Storm FrontEdit

Main article: Storm Front

In Storm Front, Karrin Murphy calls Harry Dresden in on the case after Jennifer Stanton is found murdered in bed with Tommy Tomm, both of their hearts having exploded out of their chests.[34]

Fool MoonEdit

Main article: Fool Moon

In Fool Moon, Murphy arrests Harry. She thinks he lied to her after she found the circle drawing on Kim Delaney, torn apart by the Loup-garou.[35]

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Grave PerilEdit

Main article: Grave Peril

In Grave Peril,

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Summer KnightEdit

Main article: Summer Knight (novel)

In Summer Knight, Harry meets Karrin at Wal-Mart in Wrigleyville. Karrin is the only one he can trust and he needs her help with the case: find out who killed Ronald Reuel. Harry tells Karrin everything, about his past with Justin DuMorne and Elaine Mallory, about supernatural forces and politics, about The War he started with the Red Court and what they did to Susan Rodriguez, and about the Faeries and the Faerie Courts and Reuel's murder. And, about the White Council threatening to sell him out to the Reds.

Death MasksEdit

Main article: Death Masks

In Death Masks,

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Blood RitesEdit

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Dead BeatEdit

Main article: Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Murphy goes to Hawaii with Jared Kincaid and is away through most of the events. She asked Harry to water her plants and gave him the key to her house.[36] She calls leaving a message making Harry jealous.[37] Karrin visits Harry when she returns and, seeing what terrible shape he's in, she doesn't tear into him about the wreck her house is in.[38]

"Something Borrowed"Edit

Main article: Something Borrowed

In Something Borrowed, Karrin Murphy is involved in the search of Georgia the day of the latter's marriage to Billy Borden, and the ensuing attempt to awake her before the marriage can take place.[39]

Proven GuiltyEdit

Main article: Proven Guilty

In Proven Guilty, Murphy steps in when her FBI agent ex-husband, Rick, threatens to arrest Harry for his gun if he doesn't leave the case.[11] Karrin joins Harry Dresden, Charity Carpenter, and Thomas Raith to rescue Molly Carpenter from Arctis Tor.[40] She lost her position as head of Special Investigations for not showing up having lost a day in the Nevernever. Rudolph meddled in that.[41]

White NightEdit

Main article: White Night

In White Night, Murphy calls Dresden in on a murder case, she's a sergeant now and says she'll pay him herself. The victim was a practitioner whose death appears to be a suicide. Harry found evidence that only a Wizard could find and believes it's murder.[42] They colaborated on the case and connected cases that led to uncovering a power struggle within the three Houses of the White Court. When Harry and Ramirez go to challenge a duel to Madrigal Raith and Vittorio Malvora at the White Court conclave in the Deeps. Murphy was part of Harry's team that was waiting in the Nevernever to be let for the anticipated big battle.[23]

In the end of White Night, Harry reached into Murphy's bag to get his .44 gun and he saw a "boxy little machine gun". Murphy said its a P90 and that the magazine has clear plastic so you can always see how many rounds you have left. She got it in a box of Belgium chocolates from Jared Kincaid the year before.[24] The P90 made it's first appearance in the battle of the Deeps.[23]

Small FavorEdit

Main article: Small Favor

In Small Favor, she pushed her way into being a part of the Warden's meeting with the Denarians at the Shedd Aquarium.[43] Then later, she insisted on assisting the rescue of The Archive (Ivy).[44] She was with Thomas on his boat when they pulled Harry out of the water off the island of Demonreach (as yet unnamed). When Deirdre attacked Harry as he tried to get into the boat, she pulled her P-90 on the Denarian, but it was knocked out of her hands. Harry offered her Fidelacchius and when she draws it, it lights up blinding Deirdre, who disappeared under the water, allowing them to escape. Harry said he thought that the Sword lighting up was a job offer—she says she already has a job.[29] At the end, Karrin talked with Harry more about the Sword.[13]

"Last Call"Edit

Main article: Last Call

In "Last Call", she assists Harry Dresden in his investigation on the spell cast on McAnally's beer.[45]

Turn CoatEdit

Main article: Turn Coat

In Turn Coat, Murphy helped Harry look over Morgan's file from the Council. She questioned why Morgan wasn't zapped by Aleron LaFortier's death curse and why there was not any evidence of magic. She suggested that Harry follow the money.[22] She captured Binder easily.[46]

"Love Hurts"Edit

Main article: Love Hurts

In Love Hurts, Karrin Murphy and Harry Dresden are investigating a series of double suicides and link it to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, discovering that the Baroness Leblanc of the Red Court was behind it all since the beginning.[47]


Main article: Changes

In Changes, when Karrin learned Maggie has been taken by the Red Court, she's determined to help Harry find and rescue her and does what she can from her end.[9] She warns Harry when Rudolph and the Feds are about to arrest him and search his apartment.[48] Murphy vouched for Harry with FBI Agent Barry Tilly, who she knows from Martial Arts.[49] She and Harry exchanged information at McAnally's Pub and agreed that someone other than his superiors is using Rudolph as an agent and decided to track who that is.[50] Harry asked her to take care of Maggie, find her a good home with Forthill's help.[7] She fought the Reds who attacked the FBI headquarters and got Tilly and Rudolph out safely.[7] Harry entrusts her with Fidelacchius for the mission to save Maggie.[30] She goes with Harry and his team to Chichén Itzá.[31] When she wields Fidelacchius, an Angel speaks through her and she cuts the Red King's spell.[32] Murphy charged through hundreds of Jaguar Warriors and kills one of the Lords of Outer Night.[51] Harry handed Maggie to her on the steps of the Temple of Kukulkan. Later she met Harry on the Water Beetle. Karrin lost her job and she's no longer a cop. They make a date for later that evening.[18]


Main article: Aftermath

In Aftermath, William Borden approaches her for help with his wife's kidnapping. Calling in a few favors and with a good amount of detective work, they trace her to a warehouse on Lake Michigan's shoreline, and rescue her.[25]

Ghost StoryEdit

Main article: Ghost Story

In Ghost Story, she has a buzz cut and has become far more accustomed to dealing with the supernatural, and is leading the Chicago Alliance, a gathering of the Alphas, the Paranet, and Molly, backed by Marcone and the White Court.[52] Murphy told Harry's ghost the facts of his murder case and discuss possible suspects. Harry told her about Fitz and when he won't give him up to her, she ends the conversation and walks away. She never mentioned Kincaid which leads Harry to thinks Karrin can't face that he might be his possible murderer.[20] She brings a team—Butters, Will, Andi and Marci—to the Big Hoods hideout to rescue Mortimer Lindquist and questions a Big Hood, Joshua.[53] Uriel shows Harry that she's on her feet and that she got all the other out and medical care as needed.[54]

Cold DaysEdit

Main article: Cold Days

In Cold Days, Murphy joins the Harry Dresden, Thomas Raith, and Molly Carpenter in the planning and execution of the attack on the Outsiders and their minions managing the destructive spell on Demonreach.[15] While the battle is dying out, she shoots Maeve, killing her and causing her Mantle to transfer on Molly.[55]

Skin GameEdit

Main article: Skin Game

In Skin Game,

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blood Rites, ch. 28
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Summer Knight, ch. 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dead Beat, ch. 24
  4. Ghost Story, ch. 2
  5. Dead Beat, ch. 13
  6. Changes, ch. 18
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Changes, ch. 34
  8. 8.0 8.1 Blood Rites, ch. 34
  9. 9.0 9.1 Changes, ch. 5
  10. Turn Coat, ch. 49
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Proven Guilty, ch. 22
  12. Blood Rites, ch. 36
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Small Favor, ch. 46
  14. 14.0 14.1 Cold Days, ch. 27
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Cold Days, ch. 40
  16. Storm Front, ch. 1
  17. Proven Guilty, ch. 47
  18. 18.0 18.1 Changes, ch. 49
  19. 19.0 19.1 Ghost Story, ch. 9
  20. 20.0 20.1 Ghost Story, ch. 18
  21. Blood Rites, ch. 06
  22. 22.0 22.1 Turn Coat, ch. 17
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 White Night, ch. 39
  24. 24.0 24.1 White Night, ch. 43
  25. 25.0 25.1 Aftermath
  26. Turn Coat, ch. 18
  27. Grave Peril, ch. 13
  28. Blood Rites, ch. 31
  29. 29.0 29.1 Small Favor, ch. 45
  30. 30.0 30.1 Changes, ch. 39
  31. 31.0 31.1 Changes, ch. 40
  32. 32.0 32.1 Changes, ch. 46
  33. "Restoration of Faith"
  34. Storm Front, ch. 2
  35. Fool Moon, ch. 12
  36. Dead Beat, ch. 1
  37. Dead Beat, ch. 15
  38. Dead Beat, ch. 43
  39. "Something Borrowed"
  40. Proven Guilty, ch. 34–40
  41. Proven Guilty, ch. 41
  42. White Night, ch. 1 & 2
  43. Small Favor, ch. 27
  44. Small Favor, ch. 39
  45. "Last Call"
  46. Turn Coat, ch. 19
  47. "Love Hurts"
  48. Changes, ch. 10
  49. Changes, ch. 13 and 34
  50. Changes, ch. 23
  51. Changes, ch. 47
  52. Ghost Story, ch. 9–11
  53. Ghost Story, ch. 46
  54. Ghost Story, ch. 50
  55. Cold Days, ch. 52

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