Title: Fool Moon
Series Title: The Dresden Files
Author: Jim Butcher
Date Added: January 17, 2013
Date Started: May 26, 2018
Date Finished: June 27, 2018
Reading Duration: 32 Days
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal/Supernatural, Mystery
Publication Date: January 1, 2001
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work–magical or mundane.
But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.
A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses–and the first two don’t count…
Where do I even begin? Not only is this book astoundingly predictable, but the main character’s overbearing White Knight complex is arguably the catalyst for a friend’s death and the start of everything. Harry’s refusal to give her any information leads to her making a fatal error, and you can see it coming from a mile away. It’s bad enough he does this to one of his student’s, but when Dresden does the same thing to Karen Murphy, the fucking police chief, it’s impossible not to call him out for his sexism. Murphy is a police lieutenant with experience, and it’s goddamn patronizing, which is exactly what she tells him. She’s not his daughter. She’s not his student. She’s a an experienced cop who has every right to take the risk. If she has the information and knows something is dangerous, it’s her choice whether or not to follow through. While I get Murphy might know all the ins and outs of magic, it’s still not Harry’s call, and the truth is his unwillingness to supply information is why his other friend wound up dead.
Then later, Murphy tells him not to keep secrets from her, and what does Harry do? He doesn’t tell her about the car potentially tailing him, nor about the spell he could use to find the killer. Then he has the fucking audacity to blame her for no longer considering him a friend, when he’s the one jeopardizing the friendship with his actions. I can’t feel sorry for him for this or when Murphy arrests his ass. All he had to do was let her know what was going on, and the only reason he didn’t was because of his ridiculous White Knight thing.