Fool Moon (Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, Book 2)Summary: A classic hero: a good guy that is a bit bad, but still sacrifices himself for the girl

I first heard about the Dresden Files books when they were optioned for a short lived TV show.  I enjoyed the show, although it was only a single season.  The first book in the series was made into an episode of the TV show.  So when I read the book, I had an idea of where it was going.

Fool Moon, was not part of the TV show (or at least I do not remember it.)  Dresden is the only openly practicing wizard in Chicago.  He doesn’t have much business and mostly survives off of being hired by the police force as a consultant on strange murders.  Lt Murphy (who is hinted at as a potential love interest) has stopped calling because she is under internal investigation because previous book.

When Murphy finally does call, it is because there have been a string of deaths from wolves, in Chicago, around full moons.  Eventually we find out there are several different types of were-wolves.  And some of the were-wolves are good and some not so good.

The story twists and turns a bit too much and the last couple hours of the audiobook are basically one fight scene after another.  I could have done with a bit more editing.

On the whole, I really like the Dresden character and those around him.  He is a bit of a loner curmudgeon, but tries to do the right thing, even if it will end up hurting himself.  There is language and sex in the book, but not too bad.  Of course the whole basis of the book is magic and paranormal.  Evil is not minimized, and good does not always triumph, but this a lowly, under-appreciated hero story.  He is a guy that made some bad choices and is now trying to make up for them.

I have listened to both books in this series so far.  The narrator is perfect for the books.  Enough gravel and tiredness in his voice to really convey the character well.  It is a first person narration and is performed very well.  I will pick up another eventually.

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