The Dresden Files 01
[unabridged audiobook with text]
Storm Front is a 2000 novel by science fiction and fantasy author Jim Butcher. It is the first novel in The Dresden Files, his first published series that follows the character of Harry Dresden, professional wizard.
A woman named Monica makes an appointment with Dresden to discuss a missing persons case. This is very welcome to the financially strapped Dresden. Dresden schedules their meeting for after lunch.
Before he can go to lunch, Dresden gets a call from Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, director of Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Chicago Police Department. Dresden hurries to the crime scene—a room at the Madison Hotel. Detective Carmichael, Murphy's partner, shows him the bodies of two gruesomely murdered people, intertwined in an act of passion with their hearts ripped out. The man was Tommy Tomm, a bodyguard for Gentleman Johnny Marcone, a powerful local mobster; and the woman was Jennifer Stanton, an escort from the Velvet Room—a high-priced gentleman's club. Dresden knows The Velvet Room is run by Madam Bianca, a vampire of the Red Court. On the way back to his apartment, he is stopped by a couple of men and pushed into a limo occupied by Gentleman Johnny Marcone.
Marcone asks Dresden to back off. Tommy is Marcone's man, so he will handle it. Although Marcone's terms are generous, offering him 1,200 a day to do nothing, Dresden stubbornly refuses. They soulgaze. Dresden sees that Marcone has the cold, remorseless soul of a tiger. Marcone sees all of Dresden's strengths and weaknesses. Marcone lets Dresden out at his home...
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