To tell the truth, I sort of forgot that I had this book. I bought it last year, or the year before, and completely forgot about it, only to find it again in my old room, abandoned on the shelf. So I took it home and placed it at the top of my TBR list.
At first it was difficult to get into, because it’s very much a mystery novel. It’s a fantasy novel, true, but it’s written in the style of a detective novel. Harry Dresden, the protagonist, is a wizard who works as a private investigator. This is the first book of the Dresden Files series, and it begins with Harry being very broke (business has been quite bad), under the Doom of Damocles (the wizard version being under probation!?), and very much dateless. By the end of the story, he is still 2 of the 3 mentioned above… haha.
Anyway, the case he was working on was pretty interesting in an X-Files sort of way. Someone (probably another wizard) committed a double murder by causing the victims’ hearts to explode out of their chests. Since Harry is the only known wizard who could have committed the crime and has previously murdered (in self-defense, although that didn’t matter to the White Council), he was also a suspect. So, on top of everything else, he also had to prove his innocence.
While the plot was definitely engaging, I can’t really symphatize with the characters. Especially the human ones – Bob the skull, Mister the cat and Toot the fairy were all more believable and likable than Harry Dresden, Karrin Murphy, and the rest of the human cast. This is partly why I usually don’t read hardboiled mysteries – the characters are, more often than not, rather 2D. Still, I think the story itself is good enough that I might be looking for the second volume of the series…