If you haven’t read the Dresden Files books, shame on you. Who can resist a wizard-for-hire working in Chicago? This series hooked me with the first book (Storm Front) and they’ve gotten progressively better as the series continues.
I can’t say enough good stuff about Dead Beat. It’s an action-packed thrill ride with some significant character development. It should also win an award for Most Creative Use of a Tourist Attraction. I finished this and immediately went back to reread the whole series. Then I read Dead Beat again. It was just as good the second time through.