Harry Dresden is back and doing the supernatural detective wizard thing in Fool Moon, the second book in the Dresden Files series. This time Dresden is caught up investigating a series of grisly murders where the victims are massacred by what seems to be a pack of wolves. Complicating the matters his police officer friend Murphy is being investigated by Internal Affairs, she doesn’t trust him anymore, and a squad of FBI show up to meddle in the investigation. Throw in the mob, a vicious biker gang, some Eco-warriors, and Harry has his hands full.
After really enjoying Storm Front I immediately ordered Fool Moon and started making my way through it. Just like the first novel, this one is fast paced, witty, and a pleasure to read. So far the Dresden books remind me of watching Buffy the Vampire episodes, fun, witty, and filled with a monster of the week plus a continuing arc. The action is fast and brutal, Harry gets his ass kicked up and down Chicago in this one. The highlight scene is when a werewolf beast of epic proportions runs amok through the Chicago PD station. It’s brought back images of the first Terminator movie where Arnold destroys the police station. Imagine that scene but with a giant unstoppable werewolf.
Unfortunately being Butchers second published book, written at the same time as Storm Front I believe, Fool Moon suffers from some annoying imbalances. Harry is insufferable in some chapters, at one point he sees a murder victim, curls up, and starts crying. Nobody does that, let alone a powerful wizard who escaped from his black magician mentor by setting him on fire. Karrin Murphys character is beyond unlikable, she treats Harry like crap throughout the book and has no redeeming qualities. I see the trope Butcher is going for with her and I hope that it gets fixed in future books because right now shes quite atrocious. The main flaw with this book lies in the pacing, too much awesome action. The book is pretty much a long sequence of beatdowns that Harry goes through and by the time I got to the final confrontation I felt worn out and the final fight felt anticlimactic and tiresome.
Even with a few character and pacing issues I really enjoyed this one and decided to continue with the series. Reading different reviews it seems like Butcher hits his stride in book 3, and being 60% done with it I have to agree. Keep on reading, this series pays off.