Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Cruel Zinc Melodies - Glen Cook


Cruel Zinc Melodies
A Garrett, P.I. Novel
Glen Cook
Roc

Fantasy/Noir Mystery

Sometimes the best thing about winter is that being snowed in gives you an excuse not to go out and do anything. In the world of TunFaire, it’s been snowing for quite a while, and Garrett has been taking full advantage. He’s happy to hang around, not doing much, with his biggest problem being that he needs more beer.

Enter Garrett’s leading lady, Tinnie Tate, with her friend Alyx Weider. Alyx’s very wealthy father is currently building a theater so she can star in plays. Nice work if you can get it. But the construction has been plagued – so to speak – by insects. Gigantic insects. And ghosts. And various other problems. Maybe it’s just a local gang looking to score a protection gig. Maybe it’s something more. The overriding factor is that Alyx’s father is the head of a brewing company and can supply Garrett with plenty of beer. An excellent reason to take on a case.

Those who are new to TunFaire will have no problems reading this as a standalone. There are plenty of characters that were clearly introduced in previous novels, but there’s enough background given for new readers to feel pretty much at home. The writing is sharp, mixing fantasy with elements of noir detective stories, and not a small amount of dry humor. The blend works perfectly. Not only do I look forward to more Garrett, I’ll be seeking out his previous adventures, as well.

Rating: 8
May 2008
ISBN# 978-0-451-46192-6 (paperback)

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