Cruel Zinc Melodies (Garrett, P. I. Series #12)

Cruel Zinc Melodies (Garrett, P. I. Series #12)

by Glen Cook

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Garrett uncovers the dark side of the fantasy city TunFaire, where no one is to be trusted especially beautiful women. When a pack of gorgeous women knock on his door, Garrett knows it’s too good to be true. The leader of the group is Alyx Weider, the daughter of the largest brewer in town. Her father and friends are opening a new theater in TunFaire and the lovely ladies are there to persuade Garrett to help get rid of the paranormal parasites living in the new construction. Garrett agrees because after all, it means free beer and the company of these beautiful girls. What else could a man want? But Garrett doesn’t realize the drama he’s stepping into.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451461926
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Series: Garrett, P. I. Series , #12
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 247,495
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.77(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Glen Cook used to work the assembly line at a General Motors plant, writing in between helping to build cars as they came down the conveyor belt. He has written extensively in the science fiction and fantasy fields, and is the author of the Garrett, P.I., novels and the Black Company alternate history series.

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1944

Place of Birth:

New York City, New York

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Cruel Zinc Melodies (Garrett, P. I. Series #12) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
TunFaire is a magical city where humans and other species like dwarfs, and trolls live and prosper. Magic is taken for granted and while not everyone possesses the skill, those that do think of it as just another one of their senses. Private investigator Garrett wishes he could stay in his warm cozy home with his non-human bookkeeper/servant the ratgirl. Also part of his household is The Dead Man, a Loghyr that sticks around after he died while telepathically communicating with those in Garrett¿s house and the horde of hibernating pixies.-------------- However, his client, wealthy brewmeister Max Weider needs his help concerning the World, a dinner theater he is trying to build. People are scared off by the gigantic bugs ghosts that come and go and protection racketeers who are getting ready to name a price Max doesn¿t want to pay. Garrett takes care of the racketeers, hires the rat people to exterminate the bugs and locates the teenagers who created the insects. That leaves him with the ghosts while the Dead Man, who obtained information he culled from the minds of visitors, believes something nasty was awakened by the bug infiltration. Garrett hopes a lullaby will put this unknown malevolence back to sleep.--------------- The latest Garrett PI thriller is an excellent fantasy noir. The hero is smart, clever, and especially devious, but each mystery he tries to solve seems multilayered with complications. There is plenty of action, sly humor, and of course magical intrigue that ricochets with the audience from laughter to fear and back as this is one author who knows how to cook a reader¿s gourmet repast. Glen Cook is a fantastic worldbuilder who makes his realm feel real to the readers.------------ Harriet Klausner
Artur on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really not as enjoyable as most. The central theme, repeated over and over in the book, is "Garrett grows up". As it turns out, a Garrett who is growing up is pretty dull. There's very little action in the story. The mystery isn't interesting or very mysterious. Missing are all the elements in other Garrett yarns; female interaction, violence and intrigue, interesting involvement of secondary characters, and a satisfying wrap up of loose threads. What there is in this book is a lot of reference to previous stories, gratuitous apearance of numerous characters without purpose or flavor, and a lot of introspective, approaching middle-age Garrett. The Dead Man is more lively in this one than Garrett. If you're familiar with the series, this story will probably disappoint; it certainly disappointed me. If you have just heard about these books, read some of the earlier, well-written sories when Garrett was actually alive.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
See Sweet Silver Blues for my take on this series. Despite being a dozen volumes in, I still find these a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
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I have missed these characters, so it was great to see a new Garrett Files book. For longtime Garrett fans, there are a few new wrinkles, and a lot of familiar faces. Some good laughs throughout the book. I bought this immediately when it came out, and was very happy with the book. That said only a few nitpicks. Was a little wordy in the middle. Garrett waxes philosophical a little too much. The end of the story seeemed a little rushed compared to the rest of the build up. He also left an awful lot of loose threads hanging, I hope for the soon-to-come next installment. A fun read, buy it if you like the series.