Harry Dresden is Chicago’s only resident private investigator who handles magical affairs. Think Sam Spade – complete with snappy dialog – combined with things that go bump in the night. Harry, ostensibly tracing a missing spouse, is caught up in a case involving a double murder. And, since he’s under suspicion from those in the higher echelons of the worlds of wizardry for doing nefarious deeds, some suspect him of being responsible. His relationship with the police is, er, complex.
Harry has to twist and turn, hoping to get the job done for his client, all the time managing with a one-liner that fairly puts him ahead in the smart-arse stakes.
The action goes along quite well and there’s plenty to admire in the writing. The plot, albeit a bit wobbly in places, holds where it needs to and just about makes sense. The characterization outside of Harry is not that great. However, some of the interactions are notable, not least Harry’s struggles with technology.
This is at least the second time I’ve read this book. The first time I was reasonably happy with it, but didn’t think the backdrop would hold my interest. This time – years later – I wanted to check it out as the series still gets favorable reviews. In short, it was cool going over the same ground, but neither the main character nor the book setting are enough to make me want to read more.
Worth looking at if you fancy something different. It’s just not my cup of tea.