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.