Storm Front is the first book in the Dresden Files series. Harry Dresden is a professional wizard, living in Chicago. Really, a professional wizard, he even advertises in the yellow pages. Most of the phone calls to his office are people asking if he’s serious, and the others want him to do their kid’s birthday party. However, Harry actually gets a call from a real potential client. The mysterious Monica wants Harry to find her husband. Not normally Harry’s cup of tea, but he’s desperate for money, and figures, how hard can it be?
Harry also does contract work for the Chicago PD, he works with Karrin Murphy on special crimes. The kind that involve supernatural stuff. In Harry’s world, not only are wizards real, but so are vampires, and were wolves, and demons, and pretty much anything that goes bump in the night. However, unlike some other urban fantasy series, the general public doesn’t know that all of the supernatural stuff exists.
The police are investigating the murders of two people who literally had their hearts explode out of their chests. Not normally a natural occurrence, so Murphy suspects magic was involved and calls Harry. Murphy wants to know what they could possibly be dealing with, and Harry could probably reverse engineer the magic involved. The problem is that Harry is under the close watchful eye of the White Council, a magic policing body that believes Harry may not always be playing for the good guys. If Harry is messing with magic that could explode people’s hearts, he could find himself judged and sentenced by the White Council before you can say “giant scorpion.”
A giant scorpion is one of the things Harry gets to fight by the way. Jim Butcher, and therefore Harry Dresden has a great sense of humor. He has a spirit named Bob who lives in a human skull and is like a living grimoire. Harry also has a huge cat named Mister.
I highly recommend this series, I can’t wait to read more, and I am intrigued by the short lived Sci-Fi channel series as well. Storm Front is funny, fast paced, with plenty of action and suspense, and a great introduction to Harry Dresden’s Chicago. I’m going to give Storm Front by Jim Butcher, 1 bookmark.