I had seen many of the Dresden Files books at the library, but never the first one so I finally put a hold on it. I'm glad I did because it is well-written with a good pace and the right amount of action. I also like how there is a detective element to it. The magic comes close to violating Sanderson's First Law, but perhaps it will be fleshed out in future books.
The author does a good job at hinting at more stories to tell about the protagonist's past and he's more an anti-hero than a white knight which suits me. I believe life is more gray than black and white.
I highly recommend this book.