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Cold Copper Tears [Mass Market Paperback]

Glen Cook
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July 3 2007 Signet (Book 3)
She was tall, blonde, and offering P.I. Garrett an irresistible fee to take a case that seemed open and shut. But in a town of elves and humans, thugs and swindlers, Garrett had learned to take a long, hard look before saying yes...

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An elusive damsel in distress and an evasive Church Magister involve private investigator Garrett in a complex game of sorcery and murder that lays bare the seamy underside of the city of TunFaire. Set in a world where humans coexist alongside 11 half-breeds, ogres, and trolls, this third outing for the laconic hero of Sweet Silver Blues and Bitter Gold Hearts combines sword and sorcery with hard-boiled detective fiction in a fast-paced adventure that should appeal to fans of both genres. JC
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLANT Oct. 28 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
why dont more readers catch on to Glen Cooks books.He writes with humor and does not show the pompous p.c attitude of so many other s.f writers today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gods, Priests and Women Sept. 9 2007
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cold Copper Tears (1988) is the third fantasy novel in the Garrett Files series, following Bitter Gold Hearts. In the previous volume, Chodo Contague took Donni Pell as an ornament. Lord Gameleon, Baronet daPena and the Stormwarden Raver Styx were all found guilty of murder. The Stormwarden was stripped of her property and powers and ejected from the Hill.

Domina Willa Dount disappeared with the bulk of the ransom money. Garret did recover some of the ransom, but gave up on finding Dount. Besides, the Stormwarden was hunting her much more relentlessly than he could have.

In this novel, Garrett is taking a vacation from the clients, but Jill Craight gets past Dean and hires him to protect her from break-ins by persons unknown. She refuses to accept his excuses and pays him an exorbitant retainer. Garrett takes the money and sub-contracts the job to Pokey Pigotta.

Later, Magister Peridont -- a big-wig of the Church -- tries to hire him to discover who is behind the mud-slinging among the Orthodox clergy. The scandal has been spreading and may carry over to the Church itself. Garrett listens to the man and begins to like his approach, but turns down the job.

Later, a darkelf half-breed youth gang tries to kill Garrett as he walks toward Morley's place. One of the gang is an albino. He fights them off and takes three knives, then continues on to Morley's.

Garrett gets more than his usual stares when he arrives. Morley takes him upstairs to the office and plants him in front of a mirror. He has blood all over the left side of his face; a breed had gotten in one good cut that he hadn't even noticed.

Morley calls in Puddle and Slade and also invites Saucerhead Tharpe to the office. Garrett explains his ruffled condition, passes around the confiscated knives, and describes the gang. Puddle identifies them as the Vampires led by the albino Snowball. He also mentions that they had been far from their own turf when they attacked Garrett.

Pokey shows up at Morley's place while they are talking. He has come to give back the money that Garrett had paid him. Somebody has given him a better offer. Still, he has already checked out the building and seen the watchers outside. They left when it got dark and went to the Blue Bottle, where they shared a room on the third floor.

In this story, Garrett gives the job of protecting Jill to Saucerhead. The next morning, Jill shows up and demands to know why he has not been personally protecting her. Saucerhead had visited her and explained the transfer of duties. She is very upset, but changed her mind when Garrett offered back the retainer.

After Garrett and Saucerhead walked Jill back to her apartment, Garrett paid a visit to the Sisters of Doom. Garrett lived in the territory of the Travellers, but no longer had any personal contacts with that gang. He explains the situation to Maya, the boss of the Doom -- sounds better than boss of the Sisters -- and then invites her over for supper. Maya has been a special project of Dean and himself for some time now.

When he gets home, Crask has already dropped off a package for Garrett. Crask works for Chado and does minor chores for him when he isn't busy offing people. Chado has heard about the Vampire's hit on Garrett and is not pleased. He had put out the word to lay off Garrett and the Vampires did not listen.

In the package is a note, a snip of colorless hair and four temple coins. Garrett visits the address given in the note and finds three dead members of the Vampire gang and one thoroughly frightened survivor. The living gang member tells everything that he knows.

This story soon becomes even more confusing. Garrett starts to find bodies of men who have been totally castrated. The temple coins point to an outlawed and extinct sect. Sorcerous attacks are made on Chodo Contague's mansion and Garrett's house.

Maya is abducted by a group calling themselves the Sons of Hammond. The Doom track down one of the kidnappers and take Garrett along to their temple. Garrett charges in, is promptly ambushed, and breaks a vial of magical potion among the kidnappers. Things get really confusing about then.

Highly recommended for Cook fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of destructive gods, various magics, and stubborn detectives.

-Arthur W. Jordin
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3.0 out of 5 stars An OK 3rd in Cook's Garrett Series Oct. 31 2005
By David A. Lessnau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the 3rd in Cook's Garrett series ("Sweet Silver Blues," "Bitter Gold Hearts," "Cold Copper Tears," "Old Tin Sorrows," "Dread Brass Shadows," "Red Iron Nights," "Deadly Quicksilver Lies," "Petty Pewter Gods," "Faded Steel Heat," "Angry Lead Skies," and "Whispering Nickel Idols"). It's an excellent book for the first 99%, but, unfortunately, the ending fizzles. Oh, Garrett and the Dead Man figure things out nicely. All the 'i's are dotted and all the 't's crossed. But, instead of involving us in the denouement, Cook relegates the final cleanup to a background role. It just lacks that visceral feeling of closure. Solely because of the ending, I can rate this book at only an OK 3 stars out of 5.

BTW: At the time of this review, this book is long out of print. It's tough to find anywhere. As an alternative, look around for the SFBC's "The Garrett Files." This book is part of that collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Womin and Dirty Old Gods Sept. 15 2006
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As often happens in this series it is a beautiful woman who drags Garrett into trouble. Jill Craight has something that needs guarding and Garrett farms out the job to Pokey Pigotta, who takes the job and then quits. Only to turn up dead when it turns out he had switched sides. In the mean time Garrett gets a visit from the Grand Inquisitor who wants Garrett to unmask a group that is spreading unpleasant truths about the Orthodox Church. Garrett declines, but may as well have accepted. Pretty soon strange homicidal eunichs are trying to terminate the detective, and the only clue is some brand new old coins that belong to a religion that shouldn't exist.

Garrett isn't just in trouble, he's dooms if he can't extricate himself from a plot which includes priests, gods, and religious politics. There is a series of climactic struggles as Garrett hunts for whatever is driving the killer priests in their quest for relics and power in TunFaire.

Along with the regular cast, Glen Cook introduces Maya, the head of an all girl street gang who, on a good day, see the worst side of life. Maya will reappear at regular intervals and in many ways is the best possible mate for the rough and tumble Garrett, if he were ever to go looking seriously for a mate, But, to date, he hasn't. Maya is a spark of life and commands on of the larger roles that Cook gives to any woman in this series.

Cold Copper Tears isn't the best of the Garrett tales, but it still meets the high standard Cook works at. New characters and character traits abound and the complicated life in TunFaire unfolds a bit more with each episode. If you like what you've read so far, track down a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three in a row Oct. 16 2007
By Gunner - Published on Amazon.com
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Cold Copper Tears

Cold Copper Tears is the third book in the Garrett Files collection.. Garrett is a tough ex-marine, private investigator in the mold of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. The series is set in a fantasy world that is quite amusing. His advisor is "the Dead Man" who is really not a man at all, but, oh never mind, buy this book, you'll want to read it several times. In this book Garrett foils a diabolical plot to... Oh just read the book. You'll enjoy it.

Gunner Octobert, 2007

1. Sweet Silver Blues (1987)
2. Bitter Gold Hearts (1988)
3. Cold Copper Tears (1988)
4. Old Tin Sorrows (1989)
5. Dread Brass Shadows (1990)
6. Red Iron Nights (1991)
7. Deadly Quicksilver Lies (1994)
8. Petty Pewter Gods (1995)
9. Faded Steel Heat (1999)
10. Angry Lead Skies (2002)
11. Whispering Nickel Idols (2005)
Science Fiction Book Club omnibus editions:
1. The Garrett Files (collects Sweet Silver Blues, Bitter Gold Hearts, and Cold Copper Tears; 2003)
2. Garrett, P.I. (collects Old Tin Sorrows, Dread Brass Shadows, and Red Iron Nights; 2003)
3. Garrett Investigates (collects Deadly Quicksilver Lies, Petty Pewter Gods, and Faded Steel Heat; 2004)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment!! July 19 2013
By W. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the third novel in Glen Cook's Garrett P.I. series, where our hero doesn't have to go looking for trouble for it to find him. While this wasn't the best of the series, Cold Cooper Tears was still a solid novel with enough humor, surprises, and interesting plot lines to keep you turning the pages.

Basically, this story begins when our favorite fantasy P.I. Garrett gets approached by a beautiful damsel in distress named Jill Craight. (Garrett getting hired by a cute chic what are the odds?) Naturally she needs Garrett help for a routine job: find out who has been breaking into her apartment and why.

Sounds pretty easy doesn't it? That is exactly what Garrett believes.

Unfortunately, things immediately get complicated when a Magister Peridont comes by, wanting to hire Garrett to locate some religious relics which have walked away. Since Garrett isn't a religious sort of guy - and he is naturally lazy never forget - he respectfully declines. Of course that doesn't keep things from spiraling downward, and Garrett finds himself being attacked by a gang called the Vampires. This leads our investigator to contact an old friend Maya, who is the leader of a gang called Doom, for advice. From Maya, Garrett learns that his client, Jill, was a former member of Doom and that she is a chronic liar. With Maya in tow and Garrett suitable confused as usual, the story begins in earnest.

What happens next is classic Garrett. He bumbles around without the first clue as to what is going on or who to investigate. He will find a clue here, a dead body there, stumble upon long forgotten bad guys out to murder him, and then spend most of his time drinking beer and attempting not to go home alone. Along the way, a reader is peppered with Garrett's wit and wisdom about people and life without you even realize he is doing it.

Almost anything Glen Cook writes to me is worth reading, and Cold Copper Tears is no exception. Now, it won't give you an epiphany about life, but it will entertain you for more than a few hours. And really isn't that what P.I. books are all about: entertainment.
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