The collection of short stories in this book, focusing on Dresden-except for two-are excellent examples of just how madcap and dangerous, as well as how funny, in an almost demented way, Dresden's world and life are. An early case, before he became a Private Detective officially, sees him working with a former Partner who's teaching him the ropes. Unfortunately, in this case its involved him in the search for an eleven year old girl who's run away from home-and who is about to find out that there really are things which go bump in the night. Thankfully, Dresden is there to bump right back-and a pre-SI Murphy jumps in to help while still a uniformed cop. That's the start. Then Dresden has to deal with the chaos which ensues when he tries to take a day off, an attempt by the Fay to kill the leaders of the Alpha's-his Werewolf friends and allies-someone tampering with Mac's beer-Dresden's favourite-the attack on a live action RPG by a Black Court Vampire and her minions, where Harry has to join up with Thomas Raith-a Vampire playing a Vampire-to save the gamers... He keeps busy, so we keep reading and very much enjoying.
A special treat is the story focusing on Thomas Raith, who has to stop Harry from causing catastrophe, maybe even the end of the world, without even being aware of it-all while making sure Harry never knows it's him doing it. It's always interesting to see Dresden through someone else's eyes and, despite their connection, Thomas Raith is still a White Court Vampire?
Another is a story centering on Karrin Murphy, hours after "Changes", where Murphy has turned up at Harry's new "home"-a boat-dressed and made up for a Date with Harry, only to discover blood everywhere and Harry missing. SI get involved and pull every string they can to find out if Dresden's alive or dead, but Murphy-Suspended and almost certain to loose her job as of "Changes"-is unable to stay and help. However, when she gets a panicked call from an Alpha stating that his Wife-who's Pregnant-has gone missing, along with two other Alpha's and, worse, he's sure they were taken by force... And Dresden told him to call Karrin's number if ever he needed help and couldn't reach Dresden himself.
Murphy's obviously been hanging around with Dresden for too long, because she ignores her current predicament, gets out her motorbike and guns and investigates, uncovering a trail which leads to first of all John Marcone, then someone new in town. Only she discovers that, without Dresden, she just might not be enough to put a stop to what's going on-even with the help of the remaining Alpha's. Anyone who likes Murphy NEEDS to read this story to find out just how Murphy's life is likely to turn out after "Changes"...