Of all the books on this list, Sandman Slim is probably the darkest and most brutal. But it's disturbingly good a story about a sort of Harry Dresden character who comes unhinged, due in part to long stint being tortured in hell.Sound interesting? It is.There's a lot of similarities to The Dresden Files but one that's got a lot of dark humor and visceral action is Sandman Slim. Like Dresden Files, it combines hard-boiled detective fiction noir with the supernatural. You can readily see the influences from the noir detective fiction of the past (Raymond Chandler, Sam Peckinpah) and the dark and stylish mob-ridden settings you find in Hong Kong cinema. It's a mix that just works all around.Indeed, think of this as a fusion between Raymond Chandler and the Dresden Files.If you haven't read it, DO. It's quite a bit different than Harry Potter (as different as it is similar), yet there are elements of similarities there. I hazard a guess to say if you love the action, drama, and darkness of The Dresden Files, you'll get a kick out of Richard Kadrey's books. These books are dark though. If you are looking for happy go lucky Urban Fantasy where everything always turns out and everyone walks away without a scratch, read something else.