Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Chicago-based private investigator Harry Dresden gets called in as a consultant for a grisly murder of a local mob thug and a high-priced prostitute. The forensic experts have no scientific explanation for the cause of their deaths and turn to Dresden to help them out in a situation that exudes the markings of the supernatural. Why call on Dresden in this crisis? Besides a P.I., he is also a wizard.

Harry Dresden takes on the case and soon finds that someone or something is trying to kill him as he gets closer to figuring out the identity of the murderer. Demons, vampires and other fantastic creatures also make appearances in this entertaining romp through the mystical underbelly of Chicago.

The supernatural aside, Storm Front is a solid whodunit with a compelling protagonist in Harry Dresden. Cut from the same cloth as Raymond Chandler’s famous literary P.I. Philip Marlowe, Dresden gives you that everyman feel while still pulling from resources that surprise and awe. He waffles from self-doubt to sudden resolve and you can’t help but route for him.

If you really dig this tale then you are in luck. Jim Butcher just published the 13th book in this series with Storm Front being the first. The whole Dresden series is available at the library and many books in the series are available in electronic format at the VBPL Overdrive site.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Libriomancer by Jim C Hines has a similar flavor. Imagine you could pull what you wanted from the pages of a book. Then imagine all the things that could go wrong, like sparkling vampires attacking your library.