Fool Moon: Book 2 of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher

This is another older book but Jim Butcher’s Dresden files are pretty fun reading. The book is the second of fourteen and was published in 2001. So Butcher has managed nearly a book a year while also working on other projects. The first book (Storm Front) was actually written in 1996 as part of a writing project but didn’t find a publisher until 2000, so he may have drafted several before the series ever saw the light of day.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series Harry Dresden is a wizard. He is the only consulting wizard in Chicago and occasionally works with police on the downlow in order to help them solve crimes involving magical beings. As this book opens, however, Harry has been on quite a consulting dry spell due to the occurrences in book one, which left the CPD with a lot of explaining to do. He’s currently not eating regularly.

As with any series there are recurring characters. This book brings back Kim Delaney, who began getting control of her own magical powers in book one and here asks for information on magic circles she’s found. He refuses to help because they are usually only meant to contain archangels and demigods, way too powerful for a novice in magic.

Lt. Karrin Murphy also return with a case concerning the murder of a soldier for a local crime boss, which becomes the main track of the story. We also get to see more of Bob, an oracle trapped in a human skull, and FBI agent Harris who asks Harry for information on Werewolves.

Butcher does a great balancing act with tropes from detective stories blending with supernatural beings. He has a great sense of humor and when all the elements come together it’s sort of like watching favorite old movies but slightly blurred. Sam Spade meets the Werewolf, or Gandalf meets Dick Tracy.

At this point, no revolutions will be raised or nations crumble due to a Jim Butcher novel but they’re a fun read with clean, tight writing that flows easily and makes the book fly by. This is one of the books I read when getting through the flu and it raised my spirits quite a bit. I don’t demand you read it, but if the description piques your interest it’s worth grabbing one of the books.