by Jim Butcher
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is the only Wizard listed in the Chicago phone book, and for good reason. Whether driven by the desire to use his power to protect the innocent, or to keep from being evicted, Harry Dresden is a Wizard for Hire. He consults for the Chicago Police Department, is pestered by the general public for love potions (which he will NOT provide) and is hired to find lost persons and/or objects. Blending the jaunty style of Film Noir in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe where vampires, fairies, trolls, dragons and all manners of creatures exist alongside humans; Jim Butcher's first novel of The Dresden Files, Storm Front, is a delightfully brisk and engaging read.