Harry Dresden returns in this gripping fantasy thriller! This time Dresden must help the police to stop a werewolf who is terrorizing Chicago with some gruesome murders. Once again our wizard gumshoe finds himself in a deadly squeeze play between cops, trigger-happy FBI agents, shape-shifting motorcycle gang members and his old enemy, the ruthless
mobster john Marcone.Butcher is very good in throwing you tidbits of the arlier life of Harry and his plot twists are quite ingenious. I also loved the bloody action sequences as you watch as the werewolf decimates the Chicago police department and final and gripping showdown in Marcone's
estate.But beware this novel is twice as violent as the first one.Once again he gives us some memorable characters who help or hinder Dresden in hiscase.Tera- the sexy and mysterious shapeshifter. Denton-sinister FBIagent and Susan-a reporter who falls for Harry.
This report prepared by Rodney Powell
Roc, Feb 2001, 6.99, 342 pp.
The claw marks, footprint, and carnage look as if a werewolf is on the loose even though most Second City residents scoff at the notion of a shiftchanger. After working with wizard Harry Dresden on a previous case, Special Investigative Officer Karrin Murphy accepts that the supernatural is real. She believes a werewolf committed the killings. She turns to Harry as America's only wizard to come out of the closet to help her on the Chicago werewolf killings.
However, Internal Affairs and the local FBI want Murphy and Dresden kept out of the investigation. The honorable Harry would love to walk away and allow the humans to make a mess of things, but in good conscience knows an "I told you so,” means nothing. Harry and Karrin track the werewolf to environmentalist Harley MacFinn, but just because he is one doesn't necessarily mean he is the killer. Perhaps his shapechanging girlfriend or a teen group receiving special tutoring on the finer points of lycanthropy 101 is the culprits. As a dark side of a bruised Harry surfaces, he struggles to survive a war not of his making.
Harry Dresden is a unique character in the urban fantasy sub-genre. Harry is a maverick whose mouth seems to get him in as much trouble as his actions. He is a smart know-it-all, but cannot stop himself from saving humanity in spite of mankind's ridicule. FOOL MOON is a fast-paced fascinating noir thriller that keeps readers interest so that the new fan will seek out the previous novel, STOP IN FRONT and the old reader will re-peruse their copy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner