Thumbs up for Skin Game by Jim Butcher. Fantasy.
Way back in the day, I read the first two Dresden Files books but then stalled on the third. He’s a better writer now. This was #15 in the series and despite having to simply roll with all of the references to events in the intervening twelve books, I enjoyed it enormously. The plot is repetitive – X threatens Y, Z threatens to do A which will kill N whom X needs to continue with evil plan but will also endanger M whom Z cares about: mix as needed – but there’s lots of delightful snark, strong characters, and I do love a good heist story. For brain candy, this rates as four-layer cake.
At three thirty a.m., we rolled up to the evil lair in a soccer mom’s minivan with a MY KID IS AN HONOR STUDENT AT… bumper sticker on the back. It is worth noting that by the standards of my life, this was not a terribly incongruous entrance.
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