Storm Front


Author:  Jim Butcher

Title: Storm Front

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 2000

Geographical Setting: Chicago, IL

Number of Pages: 322

Time Period: Present Day

Series: The Dresden Files

Plot Summary: Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire. His services include finding lost items, paranormal investigations, consulting, and advice. Karen Murphy is a Chicago police officer who is in charge of the special investigations division and when there are cases that need normal logic can’t solve she turns to Dresden for help. On this day Murphy comes to Dresden to ask his help on some unexplainable deaths that have taken place. Can Dresden’s unique skills help the Chicago police solve the case before more people turn up dead?

Subject Headings: Dresden, Harry (Fictitious character), Chicago (Ill.), Wizards, Fantasy, Detective and mystery stories, Mystery, Magic.

Appeal: Character-centered, witty, vivid, easy, urban, dark, simple, series, plot twists, complex, chilling, intriguing,  humorous

3 terms that best describe this book: Plot twists, engrossing, edgy

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