Sweet Silver Blues (Garrett, P. I. Series #1)

Sweet Silver Blues (Garrett, P. I. Series #1)

by Glen Cook

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Overview

It should have been a simple job. But for Garrett, a human detective in a world of gnomes, tracking down the woman to whom his dead pal Danny left a fortune in silver is no slight task. Even with the aid of Morley, the toughest half-elf around, Garrett isn't sure he'll make it out alive from a land where magic can be murder, the dead still talk, and vampires are always hungry for human blood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451450708
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Series: Garrett, P. I. Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 602,355
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.87(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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Cook turns fantasy inside out. (Locus)

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Sweet Silver Blues (Garrett, P. I. Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
TadAD recommended this to me because he knows I love Nero Wolf. I love mysteries but had never read a fantasy mystery so at the beginning I had a little trouble getting into it. At first I couldn¿t see why all those characters had to be non-human. But after a couple of chapters I got wrapped up in the story and enjoyed it very much¿especially when the ¿Nero Wolf¿ type character is introduced. As you get into it you understand the story is a fantasy story that is also a ¿hard-boiled¿ mystery¿and it works! And non-humans can do things humans can¿t, which is why they are necessary for the story.This is my first fantasy/mystery and I loved it! In short: The story was good, the characters interesting, there was humor and tension, and I didn't even mind the vampires! I¿m now looking for the second one in the series.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Glen Cook's "fantasy noir" series is full of humor and adventure, in about equal proportions. I'm a sucker for the hard-boiled detective and this particular brand of humor, so it's not surprising I like this series.Not-so-subtle allusions to Raymond Chandler and Rex Stout's books abound (it's not that hard to figure out who an obese savant, who never leaves the house, and delights in withholding solutions from his partner represents). Despite the similar "Garrett meets damsel-in-distress, Garrett gets into matters over his head that are more complicated than they seem, Garrett muddles through" structure of each book, they never become boring. The humor is just too good.
sunny_jim9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Didn't really engage me too much. Some cool ideas but it all played out pretty flat. Readable but certainly far from a page turner!That hard-boiled first-person narrative voice is pretty cliche. Even though the series has the twist of context, taking place in a fantasy world, it's still not enough to make it fresh. Another big problem I had with this book is that some characters are not physically described very well.... sometimes not at all! There are no stand-outs in the cast of characters. I have no idea how to picture Morley... a half dark-elf cynical tough guy whose a vegitarian?! Dark-elf?... as in a Drizzt Do'Urden. Is he supposed to be short like the Tates, who have elvish blood? When he speaks, he's just like Garrett.. who is speaking all the time because he's narrating! I didn't even bother tracking dialogue tags after a while. The female characters are awful! They're so one-dimensional and the main characters attitude towrards them is really sexist... is it really the 1940's in TunFaire? Come on!The plot is pretty thin, unengaging, and unclear at times. There's way too much "talking" (in the same style of voice) and not enough "doing" that is well described and meaningful to the story.I so wanted to like this series. Maybe it gets better, but it'll be a while (if ever) before I'm compelled to continue the series.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantasy novel whose hero is a classic hard-boiled Private Eye. The plot doesn't make a lot of sense, but there is a lot of plot. The language is smart-alecky. A world of gnomes and trolls and centaurs and vampires and unicorns, and a war that has been going on for some time. Not really as fun as I'd hoped. Easy to read, easy to set down. OK.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting book with a detective called Garrett investigating ta missing heiress. Quite a good fantasy pastiche of the detective novel. The first of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hold on to your seats, a wild run of fun.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Glen Cook books. I’ve read it five or six times in the last three decades, it inspired my best friend to run an awesome D&D game that lasted eight years, and it leads to 13(?) mostly good sequels and countless spin offs. At its heart, this series becomes a fantasy take on the Nero Wolfe mysteries, but this first one is almost all about Garrett, an ex-Marine turned private investigator in the fantasy city of TunFaire. There’s a lot of action, but there’s also a very good mystery and a surprisingly strong chord played on the heartstrings by the end of the book. The characters are memorable and the world is ever more fascinating. This first novel revolves around Garrett being hired to find the woman his old army buddy has left a fortune too. She’s in a realm called the Cantard which has been the focus of a generational war between the wizards of his kingdom and their enemies. From the very beginning multiple groups of mysterious bad guys are showing too much (often violent) interest in Garrett’s mission and Cook plays these competing plotlines brilliantly to keep the adventure both fast-paced and always interesting. But the reason I keep coming back to this novel is the last five sentences of the second to last chapter—the true end of a brilliant novel. With five short sentences Cook transforms a triumphant ending into one which makes you want to weep and in doing so gives Garrett a depth worthy of a hundred sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Private Investigator in a Fantasy World! It doesn't get any better!
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NICE!
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Glen Cook intrduces you to the world of Randall Garrett. Garrett is a tough Marlow style detective in a world of elves, faries, trolls, and magic. Garrett uses his wits and friends to rescue the girl and solve the mystery. A great read
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