It’s been awhile since I first started reading Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files series, at least ten years and thirteen books ago. I recently came across the first book in the series, Storm Front, and decided to reread it. I’m glad I did. It gave me a chance to reacquaint myself with Harry Dresden, wizard for hire, before all the ensuing mayhem and madness that descends upon him in later books.
Harry Dresden fits the description of a hard-boiled detective–he’s tough and he regularly confronts violence and danger. Although he does have a soft spot for women in distress, you don’t want to see him angry. Being a wizard, Harry can channel his anger into energy, and that energy into a weapon. He is also possessed of a dry sense of humor and can’t seem to stop himself from making wisecracks, whether he’s talking with police detective Karrin Murphy, Bob the talking skull, a reporter, or a deadly enemy.
Storm Front is for those who enjoy paranormal mysteries with tough but all-too-human detectives; all mixed up with humor and things that go arrrgh in the night.