Gilded Latten Bones By Glen Cook
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WARNING...!!! SOME SPOILERS!!!
Since I first found "Sweet Silver Blues" over twenty years ago, I have fallen for Garrett, P.I. The alternate universe settings of supernaturally surrounded hard-boiled detectives have come a long way. We have Jim Butcher's excellent urban wizard, Harry Dresden; we have Simon R. Green's really cool John Taylor and his truly weird and creepy, Nightside; and another favorite of mine, P. N. Elrod's great vampire P.I., Jack Fleming. I adore all of these. But, Glen Cook and Garrett got me started on this genre and I am forever glad. The latest Garrett adventure has, however, undertones of so many loose ends being tidied up that is has a tint of "end of series". Maybe not. Maybe Garrett's hot and cold love-life with his stormy red-head, the deathly attack on his best friend, and the more than hints of a real law and order society that would make a loose canon such as Garrett unnecessary, are not indications of the winding up of a great adventure. Gilded Latten Bones certainly brings the ghastly secrets of TunFaire's society into powerful and violent confrontations with Garrett and most all of his friends, employees (?), lovers (?) and enemies, and doesn't really have to mean a summing up, a finale. To anyone who has read all, or any, of the previous Garrett, P. I. novels, this is, I think, one of the best. Maybe Garrett has grown (up?), but he is still loyal, confused, loving, and brave for all the right people and all the right reasons. This is one reader who is already waiting for the next great adventure. Hopefully, soon. (One final note: I don't know who his cover artist is, but I believe the same one has been creating the clever and striking covers since Sweet Silver Blues. Excellent covers. They really interpret Garrett's reality.)