Fool Moon (The Dresden Files)

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Fool Moon
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Author Jim Butcher
Cover artist Lee MacLeod
Country United States
Language English
Series The Dresden Files
Genre Science fiction, Fantasy novel
Publisher Penguin Putnam
Publication date
January 1, 2001
Media type Print (Paperback) & AudioBook (Audio Cassette & Audio CD)
Pages 352 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-451-45812-5 (first edition, paperback)
OCLC 45752301
LC Class CPB Box no. 1853 vol. 14
Preceded by Storm Front
Followed by Grave Peril

Fool Moon is a 2001 contemporary fantasy novel by author Jim Butcher. It is the second novel in The Dresden Files, which follows the character of Harry Dresden, present-day Chicago's only professional wizard.

Plot summary[edit]

After the events in Storm Front, Kim Delaney, who Dresden helped to control her magical talents, asks Dresden how to create a set of three magical circles, which could be used to contain powerful entities. Dresden withholds the information, because such circles are generally used to contain demigods and archangels.

Lt. Karrin Murphy asks Dresden to consult on a homicide. A henchman of Johnnie Marcone's was found, savaged, near a group of wolfish paw prints. Without telling Murphy, Dresden magically follows the scent of the murderer's blood that leads him to a confrontation with a gang of teenage werewolves and their pack leader, Tera West.

Dresden consults with his oracular skull, Bob, who explains that there are four basic types of "lupine theriomorphs" (what popular culture refers to as "werewolves"); Dresden compiles these details into a report that he delivers to Murphy, and all four types are encountered later in the novel:

  1. A "classic" Werewolf is a human who uses magic to shape-shift into a normal wolf; a Werewolf retains his human identity, which handicaps him at first in learning to use a wolf's body and senses to best advantage;
  2. A Hexenwolf is a human who uses a magic talisman (and does not need to possess any magical ability himself) to transform into a large, wolf-like beast; this person retains his human consciousness, but gradually succumbs to bestiality the more often he transforms;
  3. A Loup-garou most closely parallels the popular concept of the werewolf: he transforms into a gigantic humanoid wolf at the time of the full moon, is immensely powerful, and can only be harmed with silver; Loups-garou are usually created by a powerful curse, and the condition is often hereditary. As the curse is hereditary, so the silver used to attack a loup-garou must likewise be inherited.
  4. A Lycanthrope is not a shape-changer like the other three types; instead, he is a human being with no physical wolf-like characteristics, but with heightened aggression, rapid healing, and a high resistance to injury and pain.

At the police station, Dresden gets a tip from FBI Agent Harris that the Streetwolves biker gang might know something about the murder, learning that The Streetwolves and their "pack leader," Parker, are lycanthropes. Dresden escapes unscathed, but now the Streetwolves want him dead.

Marcone shows up in Dresden's office. He offers to hire Dresden as his security adviser, for protection. Dresden refuses. On his way out the door, Marcone says that these killings are connected to Harley MacFinn and his Northwest Passage Project. Dresden summons the demon Chaunzaggoroth in order to get information, exchanging one more part of his name for information about Harley MacFinn. Before Dresden can check on Harley MacFinn, Lt. Murphy arrests him. Kim Delaney's shredded body is found in MacFinn's apartment next to a summoning circle.

Tera West sneaks in and frees Dresden. Tera tells Dresden that he must draw the containment circle around her fiancé Harley MacFinn before the moon rises, or innocent people will die. MacFinn is a loup-garou, an incredibly powerful werewolf that can only be killed with inherited silver. Dresden is shot during his escape from police custody, and is rescued by Tera. Desperate, he calls Susan and bums a ride in exchange for an exclusive on the wolf murders.

Ignoring Dresden's warnings, Murphy arrests and jails MacFinn in his human form. Dresden races to the station to get to MacFinn, but the moon rises, and MacFinn changes, slaughtering the suspects in the holding cells, the desk sergeant, and Murphy's staff. Dresden drives off MacFinn and goes in search of Marcone. While searching for MacFinn, Dresden is attacked by the Streetwolves, and learns the FBI agents are hexenwolves behind the murders after capturing one of them.

At moonrise, they pile into a rented van and head to Marcone's estate to save him from MacFinn. Dresden and his allies are captured by the FBI hexenwolves and are thrown into a pit Marcone had prepared to capture the transformed MacFinn, but Marcone frees them. Dresden and Murphy kill the FBI hexenwolves and MacFinn. Dresden and Murphy burn the hexenwolves' belts before Chicago PD arrives—so they can never be used again. Susan evacuates the Alphas, and Chicago PD arrests Marcone on general principle.

Tera West, revealed to be a wolf that can change into a human, returns to her family in the Northwest. One major question is left unsolved, though-where did the FBI agents get their belts?

Introduced characters[edit]

  • FBI Agent Phil Denton: FBI investigative team leader.
  • FBI Agents Deborah Benn, Roger Harris and George Wilson: Members of Denton's FBI team.
  • Kim Delaney: A young woman being mentored by Dresden in the magical arts.
  • Harley MacFinn: A millionaire environmentalist with lupine qualities.
  • Tera West: A mysterious woman with lupine qualities and the fiancée of MacFinn.
  • The Alphas: A gang of college-age men and women who have werewolf abilities.
  • Billy Borden: One of the Alphas.
  • Georgia: One of the Alphas.
  • Chaunzaggoroth: A demon informant; Dresden calls him "Chauncy."
  • The Streetwolves: A Chicago biker gang of lycanthropes.
  • Parker: The leader of the Streetwolves.
  • Detective Rudolph: A new officer at SI.
  • James Harding III and his driver: a business man, known to Marcone.

Fool Moon in other media[edit]

  • Certain plot elements of this novel, specifically FBI agents who are both lovers and secretly werewolves, were reused in The Dresden Files television episode "Hair of the Dog". Most plot elements, however, are entirely original.
  • The novel was adapted into an eight-issue comic book mini-series, adapted by Mark Powers and illustrated by Chase Conley.
  • This book is available as a Kindle book.

External links[edit]

The first chapter of the book and several MP3 clips are found on the author's official website.