This second installment to the Dresden Files series is but a small step from the first in timeline, plot and character development. It’s highly enjoyable in a guilty pleasure sort of way, but I hold out hope that the series will develop more richly than well-written guilty pleasure.
Harry Dresden is a modern wizard-for-hire in Chicago that gets called in by the Chi-town police for all sorts of unexplained and possibly supernatural crimes. His relationship with special agent Karrin Murphy is just as tenuous as it was in the series opener despite them having worked together for years. The distrust and misunderstandings will get old if not ironed out soon. Meanwhile, on the homefront, Harry is still getting help from his spirit-trapped-in-a-skull, Bob, whose story has yet to emerge. And Harry is still casually hooking up with Susan, reporter for Chicago’s supernatural tabloid, The Arcane, and actively avoiding recruitment by mobster boss, Johnny Marcone.
In this installment, a series of brutal murders surrounding subsequent full moons has the police spooked. The hits seem random and then there is the bloody wolf prints at the scenes . . .
Leave it to Bob to be overly thorough with his werewolf report in which he details 4-5 different varieties, all with different modes of operation and Achilles’ heels. And suddenly, wolves of varying types are seemingly everywhere . . .