Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) (Paperback)

Staff Reviews

This book is a little older than the books we generally review (originally published in 2000), but I was strongly recommended to read this gem, and now I am strongly recommending it! It is the perfect blend of mystery and magic and is another brilliant gift idea for readers of those genres.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a private investigator in modern-day Chicago, but he is s0 much more; he is also a wizard for hire. As a professional wizard with adverts in local newspapers, Harry claims to be more adept at understanding the magical oddities of the “normal” world, and sometimes he is the only one that can provide answers for cases both big and small. When the Chicago Police Department hires Harry as a consultant for a double homicide that was clearly committed by someone with black magic, not only does he imagine the big payday this case will bring, he also thinks that it won't be long before the deadly mage strikes again. Harry knows he himself will become a target too, whether by an unidentified killer with unknown power, or by the police who might be looking to pin the double homicide on him if he doesn’t provide answers quickly. It’s a race against the clock to solve the case by any means necessary!
This fast-paced, captivating novel is the first of a series that you will fall in love with. Harry Dresden is a smart, flawed, rough-around-the-edges character that only makes this magical tale feel even more like a classic detective story. A must read!

— From Devin

In the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series, Harry Dresden’s investigation of a grisly double murder pulls him into the darkest depths of magical Chicago…

As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business—to put it mildly—stinks.

So when the Chicago P.D. bring him in to consult on a double homicide committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name...

“A great series—fast-paced, vividly realized and with a hero/narrator who’s excellent company.”—Cinescape
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

Product Details ISBN: 9780451457813
ISBN-10: 0451457811
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: April 1st, 2000
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Dresden Files
Praise for the Dresden Files

“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Fans of Laurell  K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this series.”—Midwest Book Review
“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape
“Butcher...spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally-charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry’s wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot.”—Booklist (starred review)
“What’s not to like about this series?...It takes the best elements of urban fantasy, mixes it with some good old-fashioned noir mystery, tosses in a dash of romance and a lot of high-octane action, shakes, stirs, and serves.”—SF Site
“A tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel’s TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner.”—Library Journal
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy and star of [the Dresden Files].”—The Washington Times