This is the 11th 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"). And, thank goodness, this is a good one. The previous book, "Angry Lead Skies," was a stinker that was filled with inconsistencies and errors and didn't really go anywhere. This one has most everyone back on track with fairly good direction and pacing. There are still a few minor inconsistencies in this one, but they're ignorable (Doris and Marsha described as being 12 feet tall instead of the 20 feet tall they are (though they're not even present in the book), Playmate not being the simple soul he was (and I think this is permanent), and a couple of cases of cut-and-paste redundancies and slips). This book sits very firmly in the universe Cook created in his previous books. It's very entertaining and engrossing. I really only have one significant problem with it. About half way through, the Dead Man essentially takes over everything and Garrett is relegated to a mere observer. I LIKE the Dead Man. But, I prefer Garrett to figure things out because he's the point of view Cook is writing from. With the Dead Man doing everything, it feels more like I'm watching from afar than participating. But, because the plot is so entertaining, it's forgivable. I've read rumors that this is supposed to be the last of the Garrett series that Cook's going to write. Since Cook's gotten back on form with this book and done such a good job with it, I certainly hope that's wrong. I guess time will tell. I rate this book at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.