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Storm Front

     by Butcher, Jim

Storm Front

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only one who does what he does. Whenever the Chicago Police Department has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, it goes to Harry for answers. Magic is real and the world is actually full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. It takes a wizard to catch a -– well, whatever. At the moment Harry’s 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.  

Butcher’s first book is good fun. The characters and their dialogue are what make this story so much fun, especially Harry’s internal monologue and his wise- cracking sidekick Bob the Talking Skull’s clamoring for some time off. A thoroughly thought-out backstory makes it all the more entertaining as well as suggesting more books to come.

Reviewed by dd, 10/02. Other reviews by dd.