Anyhow, Butcher does well, so far. I just picked up another of these books and I have so far only read two paragraphs of it and I have to credit him, for those two paragraphs with the best opening I have read in along time. (For the record, the my very favorite closing line ever is Robert Heinlien's Have Spacesuit Will Travel.)
From Dead Beat:
"On the whole we're a murderous race.
According to Genesis, it took as few as four people to make the planet too crowded to stand, and the first murder was a fratricide. Genesis says that in a fit of jealous rage, the very first child born to mortal parents, Cain, snapped and popped the first metaphorical cap in another human being. The attack was a bloody, brutal, violent, reprehensible killing. Cain's brother Abel probably never saw it coming.
As I opened the door to my apartment, I was filled with a sense of empathetic sympathy and intuitive understanding.
For freaking Cain."
On a side note, Liz and I were at Borders today, and I saw a book called Pride and Predjudice and Zombies. I slipped it into the New Moon display at the front of the store. He He He.