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Brief Cases: More Stories from the Dresden Files

Ace: Berkley. (Dresden Files). Jun. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780451492104. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780451492128. FANTASY
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In a collection that follows Side Jobs, 12 stories, including a trio of Bigfoot tales and the never-before-published "Zoo Day," star wizard Harry Dresden and his associates once again. John Marcone shows that even criminals have rules when he defends those seeking shelter with him in "Even Hand." Apprentice Molly Carpenter learns WWHD—What Would Harry Do?—as she searches for vampire Thomas Roth in "Bombshells," then uncovers the truth of her new role as the Winter Lady in "Cold Case." It's been four years since the last full Dresden novel (Skin Game) was released, so readers will become reacquainted with Dresden's gritty wit, the Chicago setting, and the not-so-happy endings typical of these urban fantasy tales. Butcher shows there is a dark side, even to those considered heroes. And while these pieces will be familiar to those already acquainted with the series, as many have been previously published, newbies meeting the author's iconic protagonist for the first time will not be too lost within the pages.
VERDICT Butcher's die-hard fans, along with fantasy short story enthusiasts, will find this compilation irresistible. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

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