Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher
Since Chicagoan wizard, Harry Dresden, last battled the evil wizard in Storm Front things have been really quiet for Harry.
On one hand it is great that he hasn’t had any death threats, mobsters following him, the White council breathing down his neck, etc.
On the other hand, no cases means no food or rent.
So Harry has been forced to live off the good cheer of friends, and girlfriend Susan (I like her but I don’t like them together).
Then one day, Harry gets asked by a wizard he is training, Kim Delaney, for a powerful spell to contain a person. As that is dipping into areas he doesn’t want to go (hello, white council), he refuses.
As Harry is trying to figure out what to do next for money, he is called in by the Chicago police force. Murphy has been furious with him ever since the last case they worked on in Storm Front and has purposely not been calling him because she was furious. But now she needs him. They discovered one of Johnny Marcone’s men brutally mutilated.
But that’s not why she called him in…you see there were also some strange-looking paw prints at the crime scene. And it was a full moon.
You got it: Werewolves.
Now in this universe there are many types of werewolves, who each have their own types of changes. The type Harry is after? A Loup-Garou. And the only way you can kill them, is with inherited silver turned into bullets.
The FBI has been called into this and give Harry a tip on the motorcycle gang, The Streetwolves. Harry investigates, but finds that they are not the right type. They are Lycanthropes, which in this universe, do not change shape only their mind; inner beasts. Harry manages to escape them, but they have now put a hit on him.
Harry then gets called in by Johnny Marcone. He knows that this werewolf is after him, and tries to get Harry to sign on as a bodyguard. Harry refuses (once again), and when Marcone leaves he drops the name Harley MacFinn and the Northwest Passage Project. Harry gets some information about Harley MacFinn and figures he is the one that is the loup-garou.
Harry goes to investigate, but gets arrested. It turns out they found Kim’s destroyed body next to a summoning circle in Harley’s apartment.
Harry then meets Harley’s girlfriend, Tera West, a wolf that can become human (I guess a werehuman?). She tells Harry he needs to help Harley, that he has been taken and jailed by the police and the FBI. If Harry doesn’t do a protective circle, then a lot of people will die.
Harry hurries over, but it turns out that some of these law enforcement officers are dirty, and have made a deal to become Hexenwolves. Once again Harry has a lot to deal with and hopefully he makes it out alive.
Thoughts After Reading:
I loved this book.
It was just as good as the first one and really drives you on. I found it hard to put down, and ignored other commitments to read it.
My favorite part has to be when Murphy, queen of the disbelief of werewolves, shoots Harley with her silver bullets. When Harry asks her about it, it turns out her aunt passed on antique silver jewelry. Murphy never wore them and just had them hanging around, so she decided why not turn them into bullets and see if they worked.
Got to love her.
For more on The Dresden Files, go to Just Because You’re Paranoid, Doesn’t Mean a Demon’s Not After You: Storm Front
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