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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (MM) (Feb. 16 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451453050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451453051
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #823,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on Aug. 20 1998
Format: Paperback
I don't know how this book escaped customer review. The whole PI Garret series is incredible. The odd mixture of classic Sam Spade PI in the fantasy world of elves, dwarves, centaurs, the generations old war is so entertaining. I could have been a flop, but Glen Cook pulls every book off in style, leaving me waiting for the next one. MORE MORE!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not Very Happy With This One Nov. 6 2005
By David A. Lessnau - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the 7th 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"). Unfortunately, it's not up to par with the rest of the series. First, the book just seems to wander around in the middle. Garrett doesn't seem to be going anywhere with the mystery. It does pick up near the end, but that leads to the second problem: the solution to what's been happening just doesn't mean anything. We know who did what to whom and why (mostly). But, nobody really gets anything out of it. For the reader, the answers to all the questions are just emotionally empty. The final "big" problem with the book is that the character of Garrett's love interest, "Chastity," just falls apart. She's fine through most of the book, but then at the very end, she just drops out of the character (personally, emotionally, and professionaly) Cook set up for her. There's no explanation for it. It's very jarring and unwelcome.

Because of this, I can only rate this book at 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 "Garrett Investigates." This book is part of that collection.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
PI Garret back in action Aug. 20 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I don't know how this book escaped customer review. The whole PI Garret series is incredible. The odd mixture of classic Sam Spade PI in the fantasy world of elves, dwarves, centaurs, the generations old war is so entertaining. I could have been a flop, but Glen Cook pulls every book off in style, leaving me waiting for the next one. MORE MORE!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
starting to see a series arc here! Nov. 26 2014
By Sneaky Burrito - Published on
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I'm in the middle of about 3 novels right now, but this is the one I kept turning to. I'd say that was a sign I was enjoying it. Overall, though, I'm a huge fan of this series and I'll probably finish the whole thing by the end of the year. Glen Cook is one of my favorite writers, and this book is no exception. He is true to form here, using only the words he needs to get his point across without being overly wordy or descriptive. There were a few points in this novel where I laughed out loud, something that doesn't happen too often when I read (but if it is going to happen, is often with one of Cook's books -- in particular, later Black Company books involving the Howler or one particular scene in Instrumentalities of the Night #3, but I digress). I guess I really like his sense of humor.

Something else I particularly like in this book is that the background story arc about the city of TunFaire and the ongoing war that Karenta (TunFaire's country) is involved in. It looks like the war might be winding down, after generations, and there's trouble in the city as a result. Racist groups are making noise just when there's an influx of refugees into the city. This element started in book #6 but continues here. Also with respect to the war, we see the devastating long-term effects it has had on some veterans, many of whom have ended up in TunFaire's asylum. This is really more of a side element in this story, but it's connected really well to the events of the story and it rings true even today, when we look at the rates of PTSD, suicide, and related issues among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Once again, there is a self-contained mystery in this book. The nature of Garrett's job keeps changing as he moves from one client to the next. There are actually three (or more) separate cases, but they're all intertwined. He's asked by a woman named Maggie Jenn to locate her missing daughter. He's asked by a Firelord (sorcerer) to find the person who robbed his (the Firelord's) home many years ago. And there are some missing books that multiple parties are after because it is believed these books have clues to the location of a treasure. Somewhere along the way, Garrett is targeted by an individual named Grange Cleaver -- almost ends up involuntarily committed to the Bledsoe, TunFaire's asylum, himself, as a result of Cleaver's activities. Cleaver is a real enigma and figures into each and every one of Garrett's cases in this book.

As usual, we have lots of returning characters -- Saucerhead Tharpe, Morley Dotes, Morley's nephew Spud, Winger (a woman who fancies herself to be in a similar line of work as Garrett), etc. The Dead Man is sleeping for most of this book, and Dean is out of town (meaning Garrett must fend for himself in the kitchen, which doesn't always work out). We meet a few new characters, including two escaped mental patients who end up mooching off Garrett for awhile, and the GD Parrot (can't spell it out as it wouldn't make it past the censors), whom tags along most of the time despite repeated attempts by Garrett to git rid of it. (One of the mental patients has taken a shine to the parrot). Garrett's librarian friend Linda returns in this book and, interestingly, we learn that part of the plot of this volume was set up in a previous book in the series (when Linda is worried about a book she was responsible for having gone missing from the library). So it seems that Glen Cook was plotting this story from a little way back. Now I'm wondering what I would pick up on a reread of the previous books in the series, if there'd be more clues?

Anyway, I liked a lot that was going on in this book, although the ending wasn't clean in the sense of resolving a lot. Maybe that makes it more realistic; things don't tie up all neatly in real life. It was sometimes a little hard to follow where we were with the mystery, honestly. I feel this was a little better done in some of the other books in the series. On the other hand, I guess if we're looking at things from Garrett's perspective, he's received his pay and his involvement with the case(s) is over, so he can move on.
Love the story Dec 31 2014
By Mark - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Love the story! I've enjoyed everything Glen Cook writes. The detail in every day lives and the whole who dunit he always pulls of in the stories are sweet.
Garret Doesn't Miss June 8 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Can't go wrong with anything Glen Cook. Great character for a casual, entertaining read.

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