Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

Brief Cases by Jim Butcher. All the best stories in one great place!


Bombshells has been, and may still be, my favorite Dresden Files short story, but Zoo Day, the new story in this collection, is a total treat for Dresden Fans. I use the term Dresden Fans specifically because if you are new to Jim Butcher’s work, it will not be the experience it is for us, long-time fans who have read everything Jim has every written — repeatedly.


Zoo Days gives us a look into a single day in Harry’s life, from Harry’s perspective and then from Maggie’s perspective and then — wait for it — from Mouse’s perspective!!!


“The building was on fire and it wasn’t my fault,” is, without question, one of the best opening lines to a book ever, along with “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” (I mean, let’s give Stephen King the props he deserves for The Dark Tower, Book 1. ) But, Mouse’s section of Zoo Day is now my favorite beginning to any short story.


“My name is Mouse and I am a Good Dog. Everyone says so.”


YES! Yes, Mouse you are a Good Dog and we all say so. You are the bestest dog in the whole wide world.


If you are a Dresden Fan, this is a must own, must read, stop everything kinda story, and therefore, one must purchase this book immediately. It is also fun to re-read some of the classics like the Bigfoot stories, and, as I said above, Bombshells, which is worth reading a couple of times just to catch all that is going on there. It is important to the overall story line because you need to know exactly what Molly did to get her sweet digs in the later books.


We should also mention that one of the editors of Bombshells, Gardner Dozois, just passed. If you don’t know who he was, here is a nice piece on


5 stars. Just loved it.



The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue–and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you’ll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published “Zoo Day,” Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry’s funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.


In this collection…

Zoo Day, a brand-new novella

Curses from Naked City (Edited by Ellen Datlow)

AAAA Wizardry from Dresden Files RPG

Even Hand, from Dark and Stormy Knights (Edited by PN Elrod)

B is For Bigfoot, from Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (Edited by Jonthan Strahan)

I Was a Teenage Bigfoot, from Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste (Edited by Kevin J. Anderson)

Bigfoot on Campus, from Hex Appeal (Edited by P.N. Elrod)

Bombshells, from Dangerous Women (Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois)

Jury Duty, From Unbound (Edited by Shawn Speakman)

Cold Case, from Shadowed Souls (Edited by Jim Butcher & Kerrie Hughes)

Day One, from Unfettered II (Edited by Shawn Speakman)

A Fistfull of Warlocks, from Straight Outta Tombstone (Edited by David Boop)



Jim Butcher is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and the Cinder Spires. He lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Find out more about Jim online at



By Jim Butcher

Ace Hardcover Original

$28.00 / 448 pages

June 5, 2018

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