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Deadly Quicksilver Lies [Paperback]

Glen Cook
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Feb. 16 1994
When the former mistress of the now-defunct king hires Garrett to find her missing teenaged daughter, the human detective gets more than he bargained for in a world full of suspects, sex, and corpses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars PI Garret back in action Aug. 20 1998
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars PI Garret back in action Aug. 20 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Happy With This One Nov. 6 2005
By David A. Lessnau - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long time follower and not a first time reader June 8 2012
By KenP - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the better Garrett books April 12 2013
By Raoul Raoul - Published on Amazon.com
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).
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 5 2013
By Ron Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Glen Cook is a fantastic writer. "Lies", one of the books in the Garrett PI series lives up to his reputation.
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