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Angry Lead Skies: A Garrett, P.I., Novel Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2002
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From Library Journal
When a longtime friend asks Garret to act as a bodyguard for a bright but eccentrically unpleasant child named Kip Prose, the hard-boiled private investigator reluctantly agrees, not suspecting that doing so will lead to the kidnapping of his charge. The arrival of a number of mysterious individuals possessed of disc-shaped flying crafts and alien sorceries only adds to the complications of the case, bringing out the best and the worst in the city of Tun-Faire's most cynical and successful detective. The tenth installment of the "Files of Garrett, P. I." fantasy-detective series by the author of the Black Company novels continues Cook's homage to John D. MacDonald, Raymond Chandler, and the other creators of likable, laconic men of good will and better reflexes. Fantasy noir at its best, this novel belongs in most libraries, particularly those where Cook has a following.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Garrett is a PI who should know better than to open his door when trouble comes knocking, but everyone makes mistakes. Trouble arrives in the form of his friend Playmate and Kip Prose, a kid being hunted by indescribable creatures he calls elves. Kip insists the elves are actually after his friends Lastyr and Noodiss, who, incidentally, have provided him with a wealth of industrial-strength inspiration as part of their plan to get back home. Before Garrett can back out gracefully and nurse his hangover, Kip is abducted by another set of indescribable creatures. In a chaotic but satisfying (Garrett might occasionally argue how satisfying) hunt, Garrett experiences all the things he loves about his job--ambushes and chases, having to get up before noon--and thinks that it might be time to get out of the business. This caper has everything--beautiful women, beer, villains of all sizes, lotsa laughs--and its mad pace and twisted deduction are both eminently satisfying. Regina Schroeder
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Top Customer Reviews
Part of me worried that this might be a final installment, since it seemed throughout to be heading for a conclusion in which loose ends are tied up and the hero goes riding off into the sunset. And having finished it, I can still see that. At the same time, there are enough potential new set-ups that a new addition to the series would fit in quite smoothly.
I seriously doubt that fans will be disappointed, as long as they can indulge the author in an admittedly over-the-top storyline. While the book is largely without the gritty, harsh realism of the Black Company novels (which is exactly what I love about Cook's work), it works quite well as a sort of opera buffa a la Chandler-- in its own way, it's the most loving tribute to hard-boiled fiction to emerge from the series. It's all in good fun, and most highly recommended to those already familiar with the series-- especially those who don't object to a playful take on the characters.
Garrett does not lack for friends, if friends are what you would call them. There's Morley the full time restaurateur and part time crook, Saucerhead Tharpe, Dojango, Martha and Doris (the last three are all guys... guy grolls, that is). Then there in Playmate, a ministerial blacksmith who gets people like Garrett involved in plots like the one in 'Angry Lead Skies.' Ostensibly, Playmate wants Garrett to keep an eye on young Kip Prose, who has suddenly developed the ability to invent things. Things like tricycles, lead pencils, and weird gadgets with gears. It seems like Kip has befriended some strange silver elves and, suddenly, his head is full of ideas.
It doesn't take Garret too long to find out that the strange silver elves and the saucers and lights whizzing around the TunFaire skies are somehow related. And that too many people are interested in Kip's sudden rush of inventiveness. Soon Gerrett is neck deep in a chase that seems guaranteed to get him knocked out every four hours.Read more ›
I expected more....and I hate to think that Cook does not have it anymore.
Most recent customer reviews
You'll have to forgive me, but I think part of my reaction is my own problem.
I picked up this book based on the advertising jacket and the associated reviewers' praise... Read more
Just read Angry Lead Skies and thought it was funny and interesting couldn't put it down , was very easy reading . I wish Cook would more of these books Garrett and Co. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2002
For whatever reason, Cook takes the series in a new direction, with the addition of aliens to the cast. Read morePublished on July 24 2002
With out even reading the back cover the minute I saw the New Garrett Mystery I bought it. I am sorry I did. If my dog had not grabbed it I would have returned it. Read morePublished on June 17 2002
I wanted to write this review after I'd had some time pass since reading it. But now I have nothing to add that other fans of the series haven't already said. Read morePublished on May 17 2002 by Michael Hoffman
This is the first Glen Cook novel that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. Usually I read the Garrett novels in one sitting and when I get to the end of the story I am so sad that it is... Read morePublished on May 8 2002 by Amazon Customer
I don't know what the author has planned (since he's finishing off the series with the next book...personaly I expect a blow-out with the Kingpin) but this just didn't read like a... Read morePublished on April 1 2002 by Rayhne
On TunFaire, Playmate visits private detective Garrett in order for the sleuth to protect a kid Cypres "Kip" Prose from abduction attempts. Read morePublished on March 31 2002 by Harriet Klausner