Dresden Files

Jared Kincaid, also named the Hound of Hell, or the Hellhound,[1] 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.


Jared Kincaid
All these stone walls, the shrapnel would shred everything real good.
Harry Dresden
I could hex down whatever is sending the beam.
Jared Kincaid
Thus interrupting it. Thus kablowie. Thus death.
— Dresden and Kincaid on disarming an antipersonnel mine.[Footnote 1][2]

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.[3]

He used Dragon's Breath rounds against Red Court vampires at the Wrigley Field duel. Kincaid said they were incendiary rounds and he'd turn Dresden onto the guy he knew.[4][5]

He is super-humanly strong.[6] He cannot see in the dark, but he can see active infrared systems with his unaided eyes.[2] He has overcome the issues with the human nervous system that impede accurate shooting, and so has never been known to miss a target.[7][8] 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.[1]

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.[7][5]

Dresden sees Kincaid through his Sight. Kincaid appears as an enormous, malformed man with curled horns and bat-like wings coming out from his shoulders and dragging on the ground behind him.[6]

At this point, Kincaid starts to be known as the Hound of Hell, or just the Hellhound.[1]



In Blood Rites, it turns out that Kincaid is a scion, the child of a demon and a human. He is centuries old, and worked as the right arm and assassin for Vlad Drakul.[1][Footnote 2]

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.[9] McCoy threatened to kill Kincaid on sight for the latter's actions in Istanbul in the 19th century.[1]

In Small Favor, Kincaid worked for Ivy's grandmother and Ivy's mother confided in him before she killed herself, but it was not Kincaid she was in love with.[10]

In the series[]

Death Masks[]

In Death Masks, at the meeting of the seconds, he plays the role of the emissary since it is past the current Archive's bedtime.[11]

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 a specially loaded shotgun from the dugout with perfect aim, smoothly pulls out a new gun, shoots a vampire leaping at him, then spins and puts a shot down the throat of a vampire 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.[5]

Afterward, when Dresden asks him about his weapons, Kincaid says they're incendiary rounds, good for vampires, but the heat warps the barrels and the second shot can blow back on you, thus necessitating throw-away guns. He offers to have his supplier get in touch with Dresden.[5]

Blood Rites[]

Blampire hunters

Kincaid accompanying Dresden and Murphy on the vampire hunt.

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, and tells him he would use a rifle at a thousand yards to pull off the deed.[7]

Kincaid, Murphy, and Dresden then establish a plan[12] 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.[9][13] Thomas Raith pays Kincaid's bill.[14]

Dead Beat[]

In Dead Beat, Kincaid went on vacation with Karrin Murphy to Hawaii;[15][16][17] he gave her an FN P-90 personal defense weapon[Footnote 3] in a box of Belgian chocolates.[18] The P90 makes its first appearance in the battle of the Deeps.[19]

Small Favor[]

In Small Favor he is gravely injured while defending Ivy from the Denarians.[20][21] 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.[22]


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 as a go-between over the phone.[23] After the battle at Chichén Itzá, Kincaid fatally shoots Dresden at Dresden's own request.[24]


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.[25]

Ghost Story[]

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,[8] a fear which proved correct.[24]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Blood Rites, ch. 35
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blood Rites, ch. 32
  3. Death Masks, ch. 10
  4. Small Favor, ch. 43
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Death Masks, ch. 30
  6. 6.0 6.1 Blood Rites, ch. 31
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Blood Rites, ch. 10
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ghost Story, ch. 19
  9. 9.0 9.1 Blood Rites, ch. 30
  10. Small Favor, ch. 46
  11. Death Masks, ch. 17
  12. Blood Rites, ch. 23
  13. Blood Rites, ch. 33
  14. Blood Rites, ch. 42
  15. Dead Beat, ch. 1
  16. Dead Beat, ch. 15
  17. Dead Beat, ch. 43
  18. White Night ch. 43
  19. White Night, ch. 39
  20. Small Favor, ch. 34
  21. Small Favor, ch. 35
  22. Small Favor, ch. 33
  23. Changes, ch. 19
  24. 24.0 24.1 Ghost Story, ch. 49
  25. "Goodbye"