Dresden Files

Nathan Hendricks is a human male, working for Gentleman Marcone as bodyguard. He first appears in Storm Front.


He is a big and tall man, with bright red hair, cut in a military buzz cut, narrow little blue eyes, jutting eyebrows, a thick neck, and a face that looks like it was smashed flat. He looks like a football player, which he was in college.[1] He generally prefers to see things settled in a peaceful manner, but does his job, and is very loyal to John Marcone, although he does give him looks at times to show that he could do things differently.[2]

Harry Dresden calls him Cujo, a Stephen King reference to a vicious attack dog.[3]


He also works with Ms. Gard when she is introduced. Hendricks appears dumb, but is actually quite intelligent to the point where he is working on a thesis (which is usually seen in a person going for a doctorate),[4] and has helped take down magical beings many times.

In the series[]

Storm Front[]

In Storm Front, Hendricks tries to bully an unimpressed Harry Dresden when they first meet, but is stopped by John Marcone.[2][3]

He later bears the brunt of Gimpy Lawrence's attack against Marcone, killing Lawrence with three well aimed shots. Marcone scolds him for having been too quick in the action, preventing them from interrogating the man.[5]

Fool Moon[]

In Fool Moon, Hendricks accompanies John Marcone to Dresden' office.[6] Recognizing Dresden's blasting rod makes him tense, as he has noticed Dresden's actions at the Varsity the earlier spring.[7]

Death Masks[]

In Death Masks, Harry Dresden is the target of a hit while meeting with Father Vincent. Hendricks is one of the guards at the exit after the attempt fails.[8] Dresden confronts John Marcone about the incident, with Hendricks and Sigrun Gard backing him.[9] When Dresden, Michael Carpenter, and Sanya need to pursue Nicodemus Archleone, Dresden uses his pentagram amulet to signal Marcone. He arrives via helicopter with Gard and Hendricks, who deliver the group to the train for the final confrontation with the Denarians.[10]

"Down Town"[]

In "Down Town", he accompanies Marcone in a visit to Harry Dresden. He later watches unseen Dresden engaging the golem at the laundromat, reporting to Marcone that the wizard failed to contain the creature. He follows Dresden again until the entrance of Undertown, where he discovers something he thinks that Marcone should know about.[11]

"Wild Card"[]

In "Wild Card", he accompanies John Marcone on Modena's murder scene, and reports to him that the grocery store owner he had just collected, saw the police leaving the scene.[12]


In Changes, he was with Marcone and Gard at the meeting with Harry Dresden in a Burger King.[13]

"Even Hand"[]

In "Even Hand", he is involved in the fight against cantrev lord Mag, handling a broadsword one-handed. Though his injuries require a physician's attention, they're not serious.[4]


In Aftermath, Maria sees him near Georgia and Billy Borden's apartment, after she was kidnapped. He also wins a bet with Ms. Gard about Karrin Murphy identifying the role of Maria as Marcone's troubleshooter.[1]

Ghost Story[]

In Ghost Story, Gard, Hendricks, Marcone, and all of Marcone's troubleshooters have alibis for the time of Harry Dresden's shooting.[14]

Battle Ground[]

In Battle Ground, in the battle with Ethniu, the Titan lifts Gungnir to spear John Marcone. On its descent, Hendricks throws himself in its path, sacrificing himself for his employer; before dying, he glowers at Ethniu and spits in defiance.[15] In the aftermath, a grieving Gard reveals to Dresden that his first name was Nathan.[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Aftermath
  2. 2.0 2.1 Storm Front, ch. 2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Storm Front, ch. 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Even Hand"
  5. Storm Front, ch. 17
  6. Fool Moon, ch. 9
  7. Fool Moon, ch. 10
  8. Death Masks, ch. 2
  9. Death Masks, ch. 19
  10. Death Masks, ch. 31-32
  11. "Down Town"
  12. "Wild Card"
  13. Changes, ch. 20
  14. Ghost Story, ch. 18
  15. Battle Ground,ch. 32
  16. Battle Ground, ch. 36

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