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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (MM) (Feb. 16 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451453050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451453051
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #635,476 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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11 of 13 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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
starting to see a series arc here! Nov. 26 2014
By Sneaky Burrito - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Long time follower and not a first time reader June 8 2012
By KenP - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of books that don't really have to be read in order -- although that always helps. He's a P.I. in an alternate universe with magic, monsters, and the terminally weird. These are light, fun reads. The author has his world down pat and makes great use of an eclectic group of characters -- living and almost dead.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not one of the better Garrett books April 12 2013
By Raoul Raoul - Published on
Format: Paperback
Deadly Quicksilver Lies concentrates on its noir roots, but the results are not quite up to previous entries in the series. The story starts off well: Garrett, a private investigator in the fantasy city of TunFaire, is hired by a femme fatale named Maggie Jenn to find her daughter. The story proceeds in the approved noir fashion, with Garrett learning his lying client, the girl he's supposed to be trying to find, and other interested parties are not what they seem at all. In the last third of the book, the cast gets chaotic, with all manner of previously unintroduced factions horning into the plot and then getting shoved right back out again. New characters get thrown into this meat grinder of characters as well. This gives Lies the unfocused feel of a free-for-all, with spectators piling onto field and adding to the cheap (and un-noir) level of carnage.

Overall, Lies is a substandard entry in the series. The plot is sufficiently twisty and dark to be true to its noir roots, but Cook substitutes massive carnage for any real emotional or plot payoffs. Garrett is more obtuse than usual in ordinary conversation, leading to an abnormal number of "Huh?"s from the hero. Garrett's sidekick, the Dead Man, is absent for almost all of the story, and Garrett's reactions to down-on-their-luck veterans who helped him seems more cold-hearted and shallow than usual. The narration does lean on the anti-gay remarks heavily at times -- many are of the "gay panic" type rather than hard slurs, and most of the rest are about what you would expect from a noir book from the classic era (that is, not very progressive, and casually and continually dismissive of gays).

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