Storm Front (novel)

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Storm Front
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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
April 1, 2000
Media type Print (Paperback) & AudioBook (Audio Cassette & Audio CD)
Pages 322 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-451-45781-1 (first edition, paperback)
OCLC 43892393
LC Class CPB Box no. 1853 vol. 11
Followed by Fool Moon

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.

Plot summary[edit]

Dresden is hired by a woman to find her husband Victor Sells, an amateur magician who has been acting oddly. Later that day, he gets a call from Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, director of the Special Investigations (SI) Unit of the Chicago Police Department. Murphy's partner shows him the bodies of two people, gruesomely murdered by having their hearts ripped out. Dresden realizes that he is the chief suspect for these magical murders.

Eventually, despite encounters with vampires, the unknown warlock, and the ever-suspicious Warden Morgan, Dresden learns that the affair centers around the drug "ThreeEye", which allows normal humans to temporarily acquire The Sight, something which can drive them insane. Victor Sells has been manufacturing ThreeEye to edge out mob boss Johnny Marcone. Using the energy of thunder storms and the orgies held at his home, he powered the spells to remove his enemies, namely Marcone's men and anyone else threatening his operation, in order to gradually bring down Marcone and corner the drug trade.

Dresden interrupts Victor's spellcasting and attacks him, "brains versus muscle", eventually burning down Victor's house while Victor is still inside grappling with monster scorpions and a demon he had summoned to kill Dresden. Dresden survives, but is himself trapped on the balcony of the burning house until Morgan steps in to rescue him. Morgan had witnessed the fight with Victor and, knowing now that Dresden is innocent, reluctantly testifies on Dresden's behalf to the White Council.

Introduced characters[edit]

  • Harry Dresden: The protagonist; a professional wizard, the only one listed in the phone book.
  • Monica Sells: One of Dresden's clients and the wife of Warlock Victor Sells.
  • Lieutenant Karrin Murphy: Director of Special Investigations, Chicago PD.
  • Detective Ron Carmichael: Murphy's partner at SI.
  • Jennifer Stanton: An employee of the Velvet Room and Monica Sells' sister.
  • Tommy Tomm: A bodyguard for Gentleman Johnny Marcone.
  • Gentleman Johnny Marcone: The lord of the Chicago underworld.
  • Hendricks: A bodyguard for Gentleman Johnny Marcone.
  • Spike: a man of Marcone's.
  • Mac: The owner-operator of McAnnally's tavern.
  • Susan Rodriguez: A reporter at the Midwestern Arcane, and Dresden's love interest.
  • Toot-Toot: A dewdrop faerie who helps Dresden.
  • Warden Donald Morgan: A law enforcement warden for the White Council, who has a mandate to aid the innocent and punish the guilty.
  • Mister: Dresden's 30+ pound house cat.
  • Bob: An intelligent air spirit who resides inside a skull in Dresden's sub-basement laboratory.
  • Madame Bianca St. Claire: The owner of the Velvet Room and a Red Court vampire.
  • Linda Randall: A former employee of the Velvet Room; the Beckitt’s chauffeur; friend and sometime lover to Jennifer Stanton.
  • The Beckitts: A rich couple who provide money for Victor Sells.
  • Donny Wise: A photographer for a local adult magazine.
  • Victor "Shadowman" Sells: The villain of the novel; a warlock; and Monica Sells' husband.
  • Jenny and Billy Sells, children of Monica and Victor Sells.

Storm Front in other media[edit]

  • Storm Front has been recorded as an audio book, narrated by James Marsters.
  • The plot of the novel was condensed into a 90-minute prospective television pilot for the Sci Fi Channel. Although the television movie was not used as the pilot episode, it was edited and aired later in the first season.
  • The novel was adapted into an eight-issue comic book mini-series, adapted by Mark Powers and illustrated by Ardian Syaf and Brett Booth.
  • This novel is available in ebook form on various ereading applications.

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