As Chicago’s only practicing wizard, Harry Dresden understands that sometimes things that seem unexplainable because most people fail to consider the supernatural.
The Chicago Police Department brings Harry in as a consultant whenever there is a case that just doesn’t add up. Harry often works with Detective Karri Murphy, the head of the Special Investigations Department.
We also learn that Harry is on a probation of sorts with the White Council, an organization that governs wizards. Their law prohibits using magic to kill, but Harry did so in self-defense. We aren’t given any more details, but this weighs heavily on Harry’s mind throughout the book.
As it seems with a lot of detective stories, Harry is behind on rent and really needs work. As he considers this fact, Murphy brings Harry in on a particularly gruesome case in which a couple has been murdered in a very unexplainable way.
On his way home after meeting with Murphy, the city’s biggest crime boss brings Harry in to tell him that he wants Harry to refuse to help with the murder case.
Then, a woman stops by his office and hires Harry to find her missing husband.
Shenanigans ensue as Harry realizes that the murder could have only been carried out by a powerful wizard. This realization makes him nervous since he is already on probation with the White Council.
The book is light reading, with plenty of action to keep you interested. If you’re looking for something with detailed world-building or dynamic characters whom you learn to love and want to know more about, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a quick read with some good action sequences, you won’t be disappointed.