Cold Days, by Jim Butcher

Butcher is the rare author of a long-running fantasy series whose books continue to improve. This one, the 14th of the Dresden Files, is terrific. Butcher blends modern urban fantasy with mystery better than anyone writing today, and despite the fact that the books are populated with fae, monsters, and sprites, along with our hero, a wizard and private eye, they all take place in recognizable present-day Chicago. Harry Dresden narrates with snark and wisecracks (i.e. about a sexy woman: “Her smile was so wicked it should have been sent to reform school”) and he plays for high stakes. Tons of fun.

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