Who wrote this book and when?
Jim Butcher, January 1st, 2001.
Cover art by Lee MacLeod

Has there been a film version?
No, but parts of this book’s plot were scavenged for one of the episodes of the television show.

Who are the main characters?
Harry Dresden – a powerful wizard for hire
Murphy – a police lieutenant and sort of Dresden’s friend
Susan – a writer for the local tabloid and sort of Harry’s girlfriend
MacFinn – a suspected loup garou
John Marcone – the mafia head of Chicago
Denton – leader of the FBI unit assigned to investigate the recent brutal murders in Chicago
Tera – a werewolf, but backwards from what you think – a wolf able to turn human
Parker – a leader of a local lycanthrope motorcycle gang (I’m serious.)

What’s it about?
When a series of brutal killings begin happening everytime there’s a full moon, Lieutenant Karrin Murphy calls up the only person she knows who can teach her about the supernatural – Harry Dresden, Wizard. And like it or not, Harry is suddenly sucked into a war going on between FBI agents, motorcycle gang members, the Mafia, the police, and four or five different types of werewolves. Let the magic commence.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
Because Butcher is a very creative author and Dresden is a very endearing character.

Do you recommend I read this book?
If you enjoyed the first one, yes.

How did this book make your list?
I like the television series. And my husband recommended them.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“Marcone had eyes the color of old, faded dollar bills.” – 88

“I felt my face stretch in a victorious smile. The potion had worked. I was inside. I had to suppress the urge to break into a soft-shoe routine. Sometimes being able to use magic was so cool.” – p 162

Personal thoughts:
I wish Harry Dresden were real. He is a seriously cool character. He never gives up, even when he’s staring a werewolf right in the jaws. And he puts people he cares about (and sometimes doesn’t care about) before himself. Butcher has created a character that I seriously are about – and although this is partly from watching the television show – the books have only served to strengthen my appreciation for Harry.

The second installment in this series isn’t as strong as the first. Maybe it’s because there’s less Bob (and I really like Bob). Maybe because werewolves don’t interest me quite as much as evil wizards and the like. However, the concept of a loup garou scares the poopies out of me, even though they aren’t technically real. Harry, Susan, and Murphy really shine in this book, as does Butcher’s creativity when it comes to the supernatural. He must do his research on top of everything else, and he creates loopholes for his characters to slip through just in the snick of time.

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