Gilded Latten Bones (Garrett, P. I. Series #13)

Gilded Latten Bones (Garrett, P. I. Series #13)

by Glen Cook

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Gilded Latten Bones (Garrett, P. I. Series #13) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Mr-E More than 1 year ago
Even after so many Garrett, P.I. books the characters are fresh, entertaining and leave you wanting more. If you are looking for a good mystery with a fantasy flare then pick up the Garrett, P.I. series and hang on you are going to want to read them all. A special thanks to Mr. Cook for releasing his new book to the Nook family.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a big fan of the Garrett Files since reading Sweet Silver Blues some twenty years ago. Glen Cook pretty much invented (perhaps with some inspiration from John Ostrander’s Grim Jack) what has become a staple of the market today—a detective navigating his way through a supernatural world. Cook has written this series with an endearing mix of engaging mystery, easy levity and solid action punctuated by moments of soul-touching emotion. The Garrett files are structured around the dynamic made famous by Rex Stout in his series about Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Garrett plays the role of Goodwin—a capable detective who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He pokes his nose into everybody’s business and has a great cast of friends and acquaintances he calls upon to help keep him alive while he does it. The role of Wolfe is filled by the Deadman—a creature who has literally been dead for centuries but hasn’t quite moved on yet. He’s a genius, but he needs Garrett to gather the information that will allow him to solve the mystery. Over the course of the series we’ve watched Garrett and his magical city of TunFaire slowly evolve to the point where at the end of the last novel (Cruel Zinc Melodies) our bachelor detective was finally retiring and settling down with his on-again off-again love interest, Tinnie Tate.  Gilded Latten Bones picks up eighteen months later. Garrett has in essence withdrawn from the company of his friends and has dedicated his life to prove to Tinnie how important to him she is. They are living together but haven’t gotten married yet and no date actually seems to be on the horizon. Over the course of the book it becomes obvious that while they still love each other they are not happy together and the disillusionment of their love is a realistic but depressing note to the story. Tinnie is having a great deal of difficulty dealing with Garrett’s need to take care of his best friend, Morley Dotes, who has been knifed and is near death. Garrett’s detective skills are rusty and he makes a lot of mistakes in the book. Matters are not made easier for him by his need to physically guard Dotes. It quickly becomes apparent to Garrett that his city has changed a lot in the past eighteen months and that the attempt to murder Dotes is mixed up in aristocratic politics with some heavy wizardry thrown in. It’s a very exciting and satisfying mystery, but the dying relationship with Tinnie and Garrett’s easy ability to move on to the next woman before he has completely disentangled himself from Tinnie deflated (I think purposely) some of the excitement generated by the adventure. Over all, I liked the book and still love the series. Four stars. 
BadgerWI More than 1 year ago
I have been enjoying the entire series now. Its light reading, and fun to page through. Some more changes in characters and happenings. His new love interest should be interesting. I recommend the series for this looking to red something not too deep, but highly entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good character growth and interesting new characters
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's like seeing an old friend again...not quite the same, maybe not as agile, but more thoughtful, and still fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is entertaining and a good read. Good for when traveling; while on vacation; or just relaxing with a bowl of chips.
BookMason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this series and this may be the best yet. Garrett is aging and his life is changing, how different is that for most fantasy series. I still hate the covers, but this is the best PI noire fantasy series ever written.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, who explicitly never change their age despite the years passing in the novel, Glen Cook's characters created in homage to that duo do get older. Garrett has semi-retired from the gumshoe business and getting out of bed in the morning reveals a few aches and pains; the Dead Man needs his room a little colder; Dean (the Fritz analog), has trouble walking up stairs; and even the dames who used to torment Garrett with those sultry poses and slow, seductive walks have given up the skintight leather because, as they say ruefully, "things are beginning to sag in a few places."Cook has given us another fast-paced episode in the series, full of the expected blend of laughter and noir, but this new aspect gave it an added dimension that put a little extra something of life into it. The characters are more thoughtful and just that small bit more aware of consequences. Though I've enjoyed this entire series, I enjoyed this one more than any since the very first books that introduced everything.I don't know if he did it as a start to a whole new set of chapters in the series or as a swan song to take the characters offstage gracefully and with dignity. Either way, it was good.
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Garret has retired from the detective business and is trying to make a go of it with Tinny....until someone trys to kill the two of them and seriously injures Morely. As his personal life gets confusing and he tries to work with his friends to discover and stop the killer he becomes entangled in intrique at the highest levels of Tunnfaires politics. A good book in the series.
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I like the direction he has taken with this story. Love the way he has kept the main players in the story. This book puts Garrett back in the thick of things where he belongs.Here's hoping Mr. Cook continues with many more great Garrett story's. He hasn't wrote a bad one yet and this on is one of his best.
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