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Product Details

  • Series: Garrett, P.I. (Book 14)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; 6.2.2013 edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451465237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451465238
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Garrett, P.I., Series
“Cook turns fantasy inside out!”—Locus
“Fantasy noir at its best.”—Library Journal
“Eminently satisfying.”—Booklist

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Fun, light entertainment!
Christine Nuffer
By far the most concise and well plotted, yet emotionally disturbing Garrett novel yet.
B. A. Standlee
Glen Cook has matured his characters and his writing style is as smooth as butter.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Baslim the Beggar on July 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really don't want to drop any spoilers in here, so this will discuss the book obliquely. I agree with some of the other reviewers. This is the best Garrett yet (and I thought the last one was really excellent). We've seen some staggering magic and supernatural phenomena before, like the woman in the haunted painting, but this one tops the others. Not only do we get to know the households of Strafa's family better, including the dread "Shadowslinger", but we meet some other heavyweights from "the Hill" like a legendary assassin with the nom de guerre of"The Black Orchid" who may or may not be an avatar of Death itself. But contrary to what we might expect, some of them are fairly decent people, happy to no longer at war, but still quite capable of doing serious damage to bad elements. They're not all good, of course, so there are some deadly, and devastating encounters here. It's good of Glen Cook to show some of the Hill crowd caring about families and friends. That has been scarce before the last couple of books.

Garrett ends up with a larger than ever entourage and some new friends. In the last book, Garrett did not run around much, but let others do the running around. He's back to running down leads in this one. But, as in the previous book, there are many, many helping hands. and not a few helping noses.

There is a great scene in the book, where one of the harridans who lives on Garrett's home street castigates him for bring trouble to the neighborhood. She is shut down really, really well by Garrett's companion from the Hill.

Warning! there are some real tear-jerker moments in this book. And the story of Hagegakome is really moving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Mckee on February 13, 2014
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I love the Garrett, PI series. The world Cook created is so rich and lifelike, while at the same time fantastic and phantasmagorical. The first three books of the series are some of the best novels I have ever read - and to me that places them right up there Pratchett, Niven, and Asimov.

That being said, this latest effort is, to me, a bit of a letdown. The mystery is there, but the motivation behind the mystery is murky, and some of my favorite characters barely make an appearance and serve no purpose in the plot other than to say, "Here I am. Remember me?"

At one point earlier on (during the first visit to Shadowslinger's home), I found myself drowning in names with no clear guide as to who really was who. I felt like to keep everyone straight I needed to keep notes, and that is not an attribute I look for in recreational reading.

Honestly, I feel like the Garrett series has been on a bit of a decline for a while, losing that Raymond Chandleresque hardboiled detective edge, but even in decline it was a great series well worth reading. This last one causes me some dismay for the future of TunFaire and the Karentine empire.

Mr. Cook, you're a great writer, and I wish I had written the books you have done. If I had one wish to ask of you, I would ask for Garrett back.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2013
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I love Glen Cook's work. The first four books of the Black Company series are magnificient. Passage at Arms is to German Uboats what Star Wars was to the P-51 Mustang. The first nine books of the Garret series are a fantastic romp in one of the best worlds written. I've read everything Cook has published...having spent a great deal of time and money acquiring out of print books when that was actually an accomplishment.

That being said... The reviews for this book are obviously padded. This book was horrid. It was several degrees worse than "Angry Lead Skies", which was what I had always hoped would be the only stinker of the series.

The writing is sub par. Garret has no clue what is going on the entire novel and just wanders around bumping into things.....and not in the entertaining and energetic method he has always used in the past. (and don't let the 'we're getting old' subplot try to justify what is simply lack of invention and laziness) Characters are thrown around left and right with little more than a name associated with them. Zero development. Old favorites are simply used as cardboard props that have nothing to do with the overall plot and add absolutely nothing of value to any individual scenes.

Some aspects of the 'amazing plot twist' are horribly telegraphed....others are just silly and self indulgent. Whereas the Dead Man has been used as an effective omniscient crutch in prior books to great effect....in this one he (and all the other characters in the know) just feel like artificial structure serving only to make the reader believe that there really is a reasonable plot in the book. For the record....there isn't. It meanders...it is silly....
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Cubero on July 28, 2013
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The book starts out leaning hard on the previous book, which I barely remember because the last few haven't been that great, then there's several pages that are mostly a jumble of characters. You must really think to keep up with who's who (which means there's a serious lack of real character development, sadly). A lot of the time, there are just random statements made but you don't know who's speaking or answering until you get a paragraph or 3 down the page. Then you can backtrack up and see what that conversation was all about. Of course, then you realize if you can't even tell who said what in a banal conversation, it doesn't matter anyway because it doesn't enhance the plot nor the characters.
Throughout the book, Garrett is accused of not paying enough attention, but the reader can't tell that from anything other than characters telling Garrett he's not paying attention. It's sort of weird. I was thinking there had to be a point to this, some sort of a spell? But no. That was eventually let go and there was no conclusion.
The ending.
Ok, what was THAT about? And tell me, why is he suppose to feel bad that he couldn't remember his BROTHER'S dog? And why is this dog even IN the story? Couldn't we have nicely done without and just gone with the blond girl on the rooftops? And I was all set to finally read that the giant was actually her teddy bear that protected her in real life. Kinda disappointed that it was just a giant. Or was it an ogre. Or a half demon? That was never really cleared up either.
And what's with Morley hardly getting a speaking role? Most of the book he's just a wire hanger with a Morely suit on, appearing now and again.

Remember when TunFaire was an exciting mishmash of elf, dwarf and human and everything in between?
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