Jared Kincaid, also named the Hound of Hell, or the Hellhound, is a scion of a human and a demon. He is a mercenary and the bodyguard and driver for the Archive, Ivy. He first appears in Death Masks.
Description[edit | edit source]
In Death Masks, we first meet Kincaid when he brought the Archive to Harry Dresden's apartment. He's introduced as driver, bodyguard, and babysitter—and he claims he's trustworthy because he's paid up through April and might find a better offer by then. Ivy says he's ethical in his way.
He is super-humanly strong. He cannot see in the dark, but he can see active infrared systems with his unaided eyes. He has overcome the issues with the human nervous system that impede accurate shooting, and so has never been known to miss a target. His ability to recover from vicious injuries is greater than a wizard's, and he does not seem to age, as he still appears in his middle years despite reaching maturity centuries ago.
In Blood Rites, Dresden confronts Kincaid on whether he's human, then calls him a liar when Kincaid says he is. Dresden comments that Kincaid shoots and never misses. Plain humans miss sometimes. Dresden saw Kincaid hit every target he aimed for at the fight in Wrigley Field in Death Masks.
At this point, Kincaid starts to be known as the Hound of Hell, or just the Hellhound.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Ebenezar McCoy and Kincaid are bitterly opposed to each other. Kincaid knows of McCoy's position as the Blackstaff of the White Council and about Casaverde. McCoy threatened to kill Kincaid on sight for the latter's actions in Istanbul in the 19th century.
In the series[edit | edit source]
Death Masks[edit | edit source]
Fighting erupts at the duel between Paolo Ortega and Harry Dresden and vampires charge the field. In the melee, Kincaid scoops up the Archive and races to the dugout. Along the way he whips out a gun so fast his arm blurs and he pops the vampire between the eyes, then into its belly, all with perfect aim while running and carrying a child. He incinerates two vamps with specially loaded shotgun from the dugout with perfect aim. Smoothly pulls out a new gun, shoots a vamp leaping at him, spins and literally puts a shot down a vampires throat that was charging him from behind. — When The Archive asks him who broke the sanctity of the duel first, he said he couldn't tell but Dresden was winning.
Afterward, Dresden asks him about his weapons, Kincaid says they're incendiary rounds, good for vamps, but the heat warps the guns and the second shot can blow back on you. It's necessary to use throw-away guns, he knows a guy, he'll have him call Dresden.
Blood Rites[edit | edit source]
In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden hires Kincaid as part of a small team to take out Mavra's scourge of Black Court vampires. Kincaid warns Dresden that if he reneged on the payment, he'd have to protect his business interests. Dresden reminds Kincaid of his death curse, but Kincaid is unconcerned, because he would use a rifle at a thousand yards to pull off the deed.
Kincaid, Murphy, and Dresden then establish a plan and, together with Ebenezar McCoy acting as a driver, assault the homeless shelter where Mavra's scourge were hiding. Despite a near-altercation between McCoy and Kincaid, serious injuries, and hazardous antipersonnel mines,[Footnote 1] the team manages to successfully rescue all of the scourge's hostages and annihilate the scourge itself, including their Renfields and Darkhounds. Thomas Raith pays Kincaid's bill.
Dead Beat[edit | edit source]
In Dead Beat, Kincaid went on vacation with Karrin Murphy to Hawaii; he gave her an FN P-90 personal defense weapon[Footnote 3] in a box of Belgium chocolates. The P90 makes its first appearance in the battle of the Deeps.
Small Favor[edit | edit source]
In Small Favor he is gravely injured while defending Ivy from the Denarians. He proved to be a match for several of them, most impressively achieving a killshot on both Denarians restraining Harry Dresden with a single bullet.
Changes[edit | edit source]
In Changes, Harry Dresden contacted Ivy through writing a note, asking for information on where Maggie was being held. Kincaid calls Dresden for Ivy and acts a go between over the phone. After the battle at Chichén Itzá, Kincaid fatally shoots Dresden at Dresden's own request.
"Goodbye"[edit | edit source]
In "Goodbye", Kincaid is contacted by Harry Dresden, who requests Kincaid shoot him the following day. Ivy stands in Kincaid's way, instructing him "In the chest", and dismissing him from her service a few seconds later. Kincaid leaves without saying goodbye.
Ghost Story[edit | edit source]
In Ghost Story, Harry Dresden realizes that Murphy has not used Kincaid as a resource to track possible shooters of Dresden because she fears it might be Kincaid who shot him, a fear which proved correct.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Blood Rites, ch. 35
- Blood Rites, ch. 32
- Death Masks, ch. 10
- Small Favor, ch. 43
- Death Masks, ch. 30
- Blood Rites, ch. 31
- Blood Rites, ch. 10
- Ghost Story, ch. 19
- Blood Rites, ch. 30
- Small Favor, ch. 46
- Death Masks, ch. 17
- Blood Rites, ch. 23
- Blood Rites, ch. 33
- Blood Rites, ch. 42
- Dead Beat, ch. 1
- Dead Beat, ch. 15
- Dead Beat, ch. 43
- White Night ch. 43
- White Night, ch. 39
- Small Favor, ch. 34
- Small Favor, ch. 35
- Small Favor, ch. 33
- Changes, ch. 19
- Ghost Story, ch. 49