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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841493988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841493985
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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An unusually well-crafted first novel (Locus)

One of the most reliable post-'Buffy (supernatural thriller series on offer')

Time Out ('Some of the best urban fantasy to be found on the bookshelves today')

SFSite.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The first case file from Harry Dresden, a modern-day wizard and P.I.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2011
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Harry Dresden is the only openly practicising professional wizard in the country, with an office in midtown Chicago. He relies on the police department, in the form of Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, for work as a paid consultant. Usually, the money is welcome, but at the beginning of this book she calls him to look at a crime scene when he is waiting for a rare, private client. Rushing to the scene of the crime, he is faced with the sight of two people in a hotel room whose hearts have literally exploded from their chests. On the way back to this office to meet his private client, he is threatened by mobsters. Still, he manages to meet Monica Sells and hear about her missing husband who had recently lost his job and became 'interested' in magic. Through these manic events, we are introduced to Harry's world and the chaos surrounding it.

This is a good introduction to the cast of characters and places in the series which follows this first book. Harry is a typical, wise-cracking PI, with the added interest of being a wizard. The book is an easy read, enjoyable and fun. Harry is a likeable character and the book romps along with great pace. It would be easy to become fond of Harry and I look forward to following his career as both a wizard and a PI with great enjoyment.
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236 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Martin Harris on 8 May 2007
Format: Paperback
As always, Jim Butcher grabs you and holds you until the last page. Storm Front is the first book about Harry Dresden, a wizard and private detective. This is a recovered paperback of the original. To get the most out of this series you have to read them in order. Hope this helps you:

1--Storm Front

2--Fool Moon

3--Grave Peril

4--Summer Knight

5--Death Masks

6--Blood Rights

7--Dead Beat

8--Proven Guilty

9--White Night

by Martin Harris
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By MARTINA E BALINT on 1 Jun. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Take traditional hardboiled fiction, give it a mind bending preternatural twist and you have Storm Front, the first book in a new series with the potential to send author Jim Butcher to the top of the gumshoe sub-genre of horror/fantasy fiction.
Harry Dresden, the series' protagonist, is everything that's great about the hardboiled anti-hero, with a twist: He's a wizard trying to make a living working practical magic in a modern world that's foolishly rejected the supernatural in favor of science and technology. Part average guy, part renaissance man, Harry's got a dark side, a wicked sense of humor and a deeply rooted, personal code of honor that drives him to risk everything to fight the supernatural forces preying on his clients, an attitude that puts him at constant, dangerous odds with both the bad guys and the authorities alike.
In Storm Front, when a routine murder investigation turns out to be anything but routine, the police reluctantly turn to Harry for help. But a case that started as a way to pay the rent soon gets complicated for Harry when he's forced to cross paths with the Chicago mob and a mysterious figure known as the Shadowman, drawing Harry into a web of black magic and danger.
Already under the Doom of Damocles (a form of probation placed on him by the White Council who oversee the ethical use of magic in the world of the mundane) Harry himself falls under suspicion and is forced to risk execution to solve the mystery and stop the Shadowman, before the killer takes another victim.
Storm Front is a riveting, action packed roller coaster ride of a novel, a damn good mystery with compelling characters set in a rich alternate reality universe where anything can happen. There's a little something for just about everyone here from black magic and the Chicago mob to vampire madams, demons and the fey.
I enjoyed this novel immensely and am looking forward to the next in the series.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
Over the past decade, The Dresden Files has turned into one of the big success stories of the urban fantasy genre. Set in modern-day Chicago, it follows the fortunes of Harry Dresden, a wizard-for-hire who offers his services to those in need (and who preferably can pay him). Mixing up elements of the supernatural with a detective story format, the series has proven successful on both sides of the Atlantic with ten further books in the series published and a short-lived TV adaption proving a cult hit a couple of years back. Storm Front is the first novel in the series.

The perpetually cash-strapped Harry Dresden is given some financial relief when two cases land on his desk at the same time. A woman is searching for her husband, who has gone missing after becoming fascinated by the use of magic. Meanwhile, the police have called on Dresden's aid after two people are found dead in an apartment, their hearts apparently remotely exploded by magical means. It isn't long before Dresden is up to his neck in trouble, as the two cases start overlapping with the interests of the Mafia and Dresden's own unorthodox approach soon lands him in trouble with the guardians of magic, the White Council.

Storm Front is a decent debut novel. The plot clips along at a fair old pace, and as a mystery it's fairly well plotted and laid out. The characters are strong, with Harry making for an engaging protagonist and his circle of friends, allies and enemies all being an interesting bunch. There isn't a lot of 'weight' to the novel, and it feels a bit on the slight side, but there's much fun to be had here.

However, I wasn't too impressed by the Luddite diatribe we get no less than three pages in, in which all of the evils of the world are blamed on technology and progress.
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