Dresden looks on the scene of the bizarre violence perpetrated by magical means and observes to himself, “Magic is created by life, and most of all by the awareness, intelligence, emotions of a human being. To end such a life with the same magic that was born from it was hideous, almost incestuous somehow.
Butcher’s protagonist plays by rules; there is an internal logic to Dresden’s magical world. “The man or woman would have had to be there in the room with them. Tough to hide forensic evidence with something like that, and anyone who was skilled enough to pull off a spell like that would have had the sense to use a gun instead. It’s easier.”
Jim Butcher, the creator of Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, will sign copies of Files and those of The Codex Alera, his fantasy series, at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. In the meantime, “When things get strange,” Dresden suggests at the end of Storm Front, “when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call. I’m in the book.” And so is Mysterious Galaxy, yes, the entire galaxy, at 858-268-4747.