Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work, magical or mundane.
But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.
A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses, and the first two don’t count…
I am still somewhat split about these books. On one hand I kind of like Harry Dresden, the stories are good and holds together fairly well and in this book Harry actually kicks some ass with some real magic but on the other hand he is still a bit of a wimp at times and he does unfortunately get his own ass kicked way too much.
The story is free standing one with a distinct beginning and end without any real connections to the previous books apart from the usual ones that you get in a book series which follows a person or persons through a timeline. This time Harry takes on another set of supernatural creatures and, as the book blurb states, you get three guesses and the first two does not count, as to what these creatures are. The book had a nice twist on Werewolves though by introducing more than one kind of them. Of course Harry gets to slug it out with quite a few of them.
Harry’s cop friend, Murphy, is back again and this is one of the huge negative points of the book. It is the same old story of Harry not wanting to drag her into danger and she gets all pissed off and proceeds to do stupid things. I mean, come on, she tried to arrest Harry in the last book because she was pissed off and stupid. You would have though she would be a wee bit wiser in this book but no such luck. These parts really annoyed me.
Otherwise the book is again a nice mixture of wizard adventures and hard boiled (well medium boiled at least) private investigator ditto. It is fairly quickly paced and there is plenty of action in the book although way too much of it is spent on kicking Harry’s ass.
As I wrote I am still a bit split as to where I stand on Harry Dresden. I generally liked the book but the stupid cop and Harry getting his ass kicked way too much is preventing me from truly appreciating it. Nevertheless, again I have no hesitation in putting the next book on my Goodreads to-read shelf.