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Brief Cases
by Jim Butcher
Ace, $28.00, 448pp
Published: June 2018

Brief Cases is a collection of twelve short stories involving and or revolving around the world of Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard and private investigator.

You might be a die-hard fan of the book series, or may be familiar with the name if you watched the short-lived TV series, The Dresden Files, which was enjoyable but a lot less dark and violent with the characters vastly different than the books. (The TV series is preported to be rebooted in the future by a different TV station.) Either way, to make Harry's acquaintance is an interesting and wild ride to be sure.

Jim Butcher is a masterful story teller and he pulls you into the good, the bad and sometimes ugly parts of the intriguing life of supernatural investigation with Harry Dresden.

A few of the tales are written with fan-favorite characters being the story leads: White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio and Harry's onetime apprentice, Molly Carpenter. One story is written from the perspective of John Marcone, who has been an underworld establishment in the Dresden Files since the first book in the series and the only mortal man considered competent and dangerous enough to join the Unseelie Accords of the varied supernatural nations. Three of the stories involve Bigfoot, a previously unintentional omission from the world of the Dresden Files, shocking the author when he realized it. After all, he'd built a world to embrace every creature from folklore and legend.

From the Weird West to dark forests, panic rooms to private schools and the bleachers at Wrigley Field, with humans, zombies, dark wizards, incubi and even fey royalty, this book will sate your appetite for intrigue, magic and mayhem.

If you are a first-time reader, Brief Cases is a great primer to induct you to the sometimes funny, oftentimes dark realm of Harry Dresden. If you are a longtime fan it will fill in a few details and nuances to entertain and enrich your lives and introduce you to creatures Harry has never dealt with before.

Dee AstellThis book left me wanting to start at the beginning and take a deep dive into the Dresden Files, joining Harry and company on many an intriguing adventure. ~~

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