“Book on CD performed by James Marsters.
Harry Dresden is a wizard and private investigator in Chicago. When Karrin Murphy, director of the Special Investigations Unit, seeks his assistance with a gruesome murder he and she immediately run afoul of the FBI and a variety of werewolves. Who knew there was more than one kind of werewolf?
Butcher populates this series with not only two exceptionally strong lead characters – Dresden and Murphy – but with a delightful cast of ancillary and minor characters. I love Bob, Harry’s resident “spirit” who is a font of information on all things in the “Nevernever,” and has been helping wizards for centuries. Gentleman gangster Johnny Marcone manages to give the impression of “clean hands” though he’s clearly manipulating politics, business and crime syndicates. And tabloid “news” journalist Susan Rodriguez is tall, leggy, and beautiful and proves herself a loyal and trusted ally.
The plot is a wild ride, fast-paced and heart-thumping. It’s also sprinkled with wry, witty comments that serve to relieve the tension and take our minds off the viciousness and gore of a loup-garou gone mad at the full moon.
James Marsters does a wonderful job of performing the audio version. He maintains a pace that’s fast enough for this kind of action-packed story, but slow and clear enough to allow the listener to absorb it.
This series is about as far from my favorite genre (literary fiction, including classics) as you can get, but, my stars, I am definitely a Harry Dresden fan!