I’d prefer to think that I’m fashionably late to this party. This urban fantasy / wizarding detective noir series already led to a short-lived television series. I’ve also previously listened to the audible voiced by the extremely talented James Marsters. Now I’ve read the series opener to much guilty enjoyment.
Harry Dresden is a rough-around-the-edges Chicago wizard with a detective-for-hire shingle up in his window:
My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call.
I’m in the book.
Harry also aids the police as a consultant for things supernatural–anything to catch up on his rent. In this case, his own safety gets caught in the crosshairs as he bounces between a private missing person’s case and the police’s investigation into a double-homicide by occult means. The quest leads to confrontations with a mafioso, a demon and a vampire brothel madame. All in a day’s work.
Three other major characters round out the core cast of Harry’s world. On a personal level, Harry has a hot-and-cold relationship with Lead Police Detective Karrin Murphy. He’s guided by the ages-old spirit of Bob residing in the skull in Harry’s workshop, though Bob has his own agenda. Finally, Harry is under near constant surveillance from Morgan, warden of the White Counsel due to Harry’s own damaged past. Morgan is looking for any excuse to mete out punishment to the freelancer.
However, Harry lives by a code, a good code–albeit his own code, to enforce a safe place for those out-of-the-know, a place . . .
. . .where trolls stay the hell under their bridges and where elves don’t come swooping out to snatch children from their cradles. Where vampires respect the limits, and where faeries mind their p‘s and q‘s.
I’m looking forward to many future adventures with Dresden.
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