Storm Front: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – Book Review

Storm Front 2

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed. 

My Review:

“Takes a wizard to catch a – well, whatever.”  “Magic.  It can get a guy killed.”  Those two sentences in the book description were what drew me in and made me think, “I’ve got to read this.”  Wizards.  Magic.  My kind of book.  This is a realistic, contemporary crime novel set in Chicago that incorporates a modern kind of wizardry and sets it against a gritty background.

Harry Dresden is a likable hero, flaws and all.  I liked that he wasn’t perfect and he owns that.  He is always trying to get by and looking for the next case that will help him pay the rent.  A very grisly and horrifying murder case has Detective Murphy, a female who has had to prove her own worth on the force, calling Harry to help solve the case.  She knows he is a wizard and in this world most people know wizards exist.  I like how this was incorporated.  This murder case is just the first in a string of murders and a whole list of possible suspects.  Maybe even Harry will be the next target the more he investigates and rubs some people the wrong way.

This book had the feel of a 1940’s film noir crime drama.  Interesting characters and good suspense.  It is an easy and quick read and lots of fun.  I believe there are 15 books in the series and I look forward to reading them all!

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