Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Storm Front

The blurb on the front of this book drew me in, "Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe." Now I was never really big into Buffy but I know that is sort of reviewer code for has supernatural elements. This is a new trend in fiction, to have the normal genres but making them with supernatural people and things. A lot of them are an excuse to put more gore and sex in a novel, but not all.
I also like Philip Marlowe. If you are not familiar, think Maltese Falcon, or any other Humphrey Bogart movie. The opposite of the cool, in control detective with all the gadgets and resources. This guy has such a hard time that he is two months behind on his rent and has to use candles in his basement because he can't afford the new light bulbs when they burn out.
The other unusual aspect of this kind of noir hero is that he gets hurt and doesn't heal immediately. Marlowe, and the hero of this book, Harry Dresden, get hurt in the beginning, in a run in with the bad guys, and they ache from that injury all the way through the rest of the book. I wonder sometimes if some authors just forget the number of fights their detectives have been in, and can't be bothered to include a normal healing process.
So this was a well written book, with elements I like to read about. I don't know if the library has more, evidently there are quite a few.

Storm Front. Jim Butcher. Roc. 2000

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