Series:The Dresden Files
Book Order: Storm Front* (1), Fool Moon* (2), Grave Peril* (3), Summer Knight* (4), Death Masks* (5), Blood Rites* (6), Dead Beat* (7), Proven Guilty* (8), White Night* (9), Small Favor (10), Turn Coat (11), Changes (12), Plus assorted short stories
* indicates a book I have read
Harry Dresden has the honor of being the only wizard listed in the Chicago phone book, and in White Night he's back for another suspenseful adventure. The chivalrous sorcerer can't stand seeing a lady in trouble so when a string of apparent suicides among a group of female magic practitioners comes to his attention, Harry decides to look deeper at the events. He definitely doesn't like what he sees when all evidence starts to point to someone close to him as the prime suspect.
The books in The Dresden Files series are probably best when read in order. There are many references to previous events in this novel - and many jokes based on those events - and the complex relationships of the characters can't adequately be explained in summary style. However, I really feel this is a series that has improved with almost every book. Storm Front, the first in the series, was a great read when I first encountered it, but looking at how far the series has come, it's arguably the weakest novel of the group. Dead Beat, book seven, might be my favorite in the string, but White Night was an excellent work and even after nine Dresden novels, my appetite for Jim Butcher's Windy City wizard is still eager for more.
So now I'm wondering, what do you think about reading books that are set in the city/town/area where you live or work? Any examples of an author or book that did a great job capturing the spirit of the place you call home?