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Storm Front (The Dresden Files)

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Storm Front
AuthorJim Butcher
Cover artistLee MacLeod
SeriesThe Dresden Files
GenreUrban Fantasy, mystery
PublisherPenguin Putnam
Publication date
April 1, 2000[1]
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (paperback) & AudioBook (Audio cassette & Audio CD)
Pages322 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN0-451-45781-1 (first edition, paperback)
LC ClassCPB Box no. 1853 vol. 11
Followed byFool Moon 

Storm Front is a 2000 fantasy novel by American writer Jim Butcher.[2] It is the first novel in The Dresden Files, his first published series, and it follows the character of Harry Dresden, professional wizard.[1] The novel was later adapted into a pilot for a SyFy channel television series,[3] though Jim Butcher felt the writers were not attempting to recreate the novel on a "chapter by chapter or even story by story basis".[4]

Plot summary[edit]

Dresden is hired by Monica Sells to find her husband Victor Sells, an amateur occultist 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 who died by having their hearts ripped out, apparently by magic. Dresden realizes that he would be the chief suspect for these magical murders if news of them reached the White Council.

Eventually, after encounters with vampires, the unknown warlock, and the ever-suspicious Warden Morgan, who does hear of the murders, Dresden learns that the affair centers around the drug "ThreeEye", which allows normal humans to temporarily acquire Wizards Sight, but eventually drives them insane. Victor Sells has been manufacturing ThreeEye to edge out mob boss Johnny Marcone. Sells was once a good man, but became drunk on power when he started practicing magic. Using the energy of thunder storms and the orgies held at his home, Sells powered the spells to remove his enemies, namely Marcone's men and anyone else threatening his operation such as Monica's sister and she worries that he might do something to their children next. His next target becomes Dresden due to Dresden's investigation.

Dresden interrupts Victor's spellcasting and attacks him, eventually burning down Victor's house while Victor is still inside grappling with giant 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, which in turn lifts a prolonged death sentence that had been over Dresden's head since he was a teenager.


  • Harry Dresden: the protagonist, a professional wizard, and 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 and operator of McAnally'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, who is a warlock and Monica Sells' husband.
  • Jenny and Billy Sells: children of Monica and Victor Sells.

In other media[edit]

  • The plot of the novel was condensed into a 90-minute prospective television pilot for the Sci Fi Channel, and edited and aired as a later episode in the first season.
  • The novel has been adapted into an eight-issue comic book mini-series, adapted by Mark Powers and illustrated by Ardian Syaf and Brett Booth.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher - Reviews, Discussions, Bookclubs, Lists". www.goodreads.com. Goodreads Inc. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Storm Front by Jim Butcher - Penguin Books USA". www.penguin.com. Penguin Group USA. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  3. ^ Wolfe, Robert (November 29, 2005). "DF: Our Actual Cast!, Yes, real names and stuff! Plus trivia!". Ex Isle Forums. Retrieved November 29, 2005.
  4. ^ Butcher, Jim (February 12, 2007). "Ah HELL NO". jimbutcheronline.com. Archived from the original on 23 Mar 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Dresden Files: Storm Front (Jim Butcher's Dresden Files): Mark Powers, Jim Butcher, Ardian Syaf". www.amazon.com. Amazon.com Inc. Retrieved 19 August 2014.

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