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Storm Front
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Storm Front
The Dresden Files Series, Book 1
THE FIRST DRESDEN FILES NOVEL FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JIM BUTCHER
For Harry Dresden—Chicago's only professional wizard—business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name...
"A great series—fast-paced, vividly realized and with a hero/narrator who's excellent company."—Cinescape

THE FIRST DRESDEN FILES NOVEL FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JIM BUTCHER
For Harry Dresden—Chicago's only professional wizard—business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name...
"A great series—fast-paced, vividly realized and with a hero/narrator who's excellent company."—Cinescape

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    STORM FRONT

    ALSO BY JIM BUTCHER

    THE DRESDEN FILES

    FOOL MOON

    GRAVE PERIL

    SUMMER KNIGHT

    DEATH MASKS

    BLOOD RITES

    DEAD BEAT

    PROVEN GUILTY

    WHITE NIGHT

    THE CODEX ALERA

    FURIES OF CALDERON

    ACADEM'S FURY

    CURSOR'S FURY

    CAPTAIN'S FURY

    STORM FRONT

    Acknowledgments

    Chapter One

    Chapter Two

    Chapter Three

    Chapter Four

    Chapter Five

    Chapter Six

    Chapter Seven

    Chapter Eight

    Chapter Nine

    Chapter Ten

    Chapter Eleven

    Chapter Twelve

    Chapter Thirteen

    Chapter Fourteen

    Chapter Fifteen

    Chapter Sixteen

    Chapter Seventeen

    Chapter Eighteen

    Chapter Nineteen

    Chapter Twenty

    Chapter Twenty-one

    Chapter Twenty-two

    Chapter Twenty-three

    Chapter Twenty-four

    Chapter Twenty-five

    Chapter Twenty-six

    Chapter Twenty-seven

    Author's Note

    Acknowledgments

    Special thanks go out to Caroline, Fred, Debra, Tara, and Corin: the original Harry Dresden fans. Without the perverse desire to make you guys scream at me to write the next chapter, Harry would never have gotten into so much trouble. More thanks are due to Ricia Mainhardt and to A. J. Janschewitz, great agents and good people, and to Chris Ely, who is just an all-around neat person.

    Superspecial thanks to my son, J.J., who believed his dada had written a good book even if he couldn't read it.

    And thank you, Shannon, for too many things to list. You're my angel. One day, I will learn to turn my socks right side out before throwing them on the bedroom floor.

    Chapter One

    I heard the mailman approach my office door, half an hour earlier than usual. He didn't sound right. His footsteps fell more heavily, jauntily, and he whistled. A new guy. He whistled his way to my office door, then fell silent for a moment. Then he laughed.

    Then he knocked.

    I winced. My mail comes through the mail slot unless it's registered. I get a really limited selection of registered mail, and it's never good news. I got up out of my office chair and opened the door.

    The new mailman, who looked like a basketball with arms and legs and a sunburned, balding head, was chuckling at the sign on the door glass. He glanced at me and hooked a thumb toward the sign. "You're kidding, right?"

    I read the sign (people change it occasionally), and shook my head. "No, I'm serious. Can I have my mail, please?"

    "So, uh. Like parties, shows, stuff like that?" He looked past me, as though he expected to see a white tiger, or possibly some skimpily clad assistants prancing around my one-room office.

    I sighed, not in the mood to get mocked again, and reached for the mail he held in his hand. "No, not like that. I don't do parties."

    He held on to it, his head tilted curiously. "So what? Some kinda fortune-teller? Cards and crystal balls and things?"

    "No," I told him. "I'm not a psychic." I tugged at the mail.

    He held on to it. "What are you, then?"

    "What's the sign on the door say?"

    "It says 'Harry Dresden. Wizard.'"

    "That's me," I confirmed.

    "An actual wizard?" he asked, grinning, as though I should let him in on the joke. "Spells and potions? Demons and incantations? Subtle and quick to anger?"

    "Not so subtle." I jerked the mail out of his hand and looked pointedly at his clipboard. "Can I sign for my mail please?"

    The new mailman's grin vanished, replaced with a scowl. He...

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    assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version. Fiction STORM FRONT Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters. Buzzy Multimedia ( www.mediafans.com ), unabridged, eight CDs, 8 hrs., $47.95 ISBN 096572550-2 Harry Dresden is a wizard, but he doesn't live in a fantasyland. He's a freelance consultant in a two-bit office in Chicago, and he's two months behind on his rent. When a woman hires him to track down her missing husband, it seems like easy money. But soon victims are being found murdered by sorcery, with their hearts magically removed from their chests. Harry has to track down the killer, an unknown, powerful wizard who's trying to take him out at the same time. Meanwhile, the White Council of Wizards believes Harry is the murderer and is about to pass a death sentence on him, the cops are suspicious of him and a mob boss is warning him to keep his nose out of the investigation. Butcher deftly blends the fantasy and detective genres in this entertaining yarn. His magic follows internally consistent rules, giving the fantastical proceedings a sense of reality. Actor Marsters (of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) proves himself a talented audio narrator. He reads Harry in a dry, ironic tone, deepening his voice to concern and worry when innocents (or Harry's own life) are in danger. He adeptly handles the other character voices as well: sexy vampire Bianca; grim, gruff Council member Morgan; a nervous teenage pizza delivery boy; and upper-crust British Bob, a centuries-old talking skull. Based on the Roc mass market paperback.

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