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  • Mass Market Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461926
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cruel Zinc Melodies Garrett's newest visitors are a pack of lovelies led by his main squeeze Tinnie Tate and her friend Alyx Weider, the spoiled daughter of the largest brewer in town. Her father needs Garrett's help--his workers are being attacked by everything from giant insects to ghosts. Original. Full description

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By Manly Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cruel Zinc Melodies may end up being the penultimate novel in the Garrett saga, depending on events in Gilden Latten Bones, due November 2010. Continuing on from the events in Whispering Nickel Idols, Garrett is pretty much a one-woman man, with Tinnie Tate being the (un)lucky lady in question. Garrett's maturity continues to grow - he is an important person in TunFaire now, for all that he does not see it, with powerful friends and rivals.

This job is pretty easy - help out a trio of beautiful girls who just want to build a theatre, so they can scratch their itch to perform on stage. Problem is, the building site is infested by giant bugs and scary ghosts. It turns out the bugs are a magical experiment gone wrong, which leads to the bigwig sorcerors up on the Hill getting involved - with disastrous consequences, especially for Garrett's future peace of mind. And the ghosts...well, they may not always be scary, but they are always someone from your past...someone who may not even be dead.

This time around, the Dead Man is a little confused, by a wonderful twist that had to happen sooner or later. Garrett is getting strange propositions and making stranger ones, and being led around by his nose a lot. Other people are smarter than Garrett sometimes, and we see that here: the book is confusing, but that is because Garrett is confused himself.

As always, Glen Cook has Garrett telling a sprawling yarn in his distinctive voice. I always read Garrett as if he's sitting next to me in a bar, spinning a tale while pausing only to sip his beer and pinch the pretty waitress.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The return of an old friend 12 Jun. 2008
By Patrick S. Dorazio - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all of the Garrett books as well as the Black Company series. Glen Cook (who I am proud to say went to my Alma Mater) is a writer whose character Garrett pops off the page with snarky wit that has always had me laughing and enjoying his thoroughly fun detective tales in the fantastical environment of Tun Faire.
With this being number twelve in the series, reading this novel was like slipping on a comfortable old glove for me. I know the characters, remembering back to the good old days of when each of them were introduced, and enjoying them all.

I was in college in the late eighties when I read my first Garrett book. Now, as I am about to turn forty there is a certain appreciation for a maturing Garrett, alebeit a reluctance on my part to see him resist the urge to stray anymore, resist the urge to get himself into far deeper trouble with the likes of Deal Relway and Westman Block. All the lovely ladies that populated the pages of stories past were like Bond Girls, with their wicked or more tame temptations for the sarcastic ex-marine. Now he is trying to be a one woman man and seems to be a bit more even tempered overall. There is certainly still a zing to the stories but it is slightly tempered by a more thoughtful, less reactionary Garrett.

This specific book has Garrett working to help one of his longtime employers, Max Weider, with his newest venture, a theater being built to showcase the acting skills of his daughter along with Garrett's longtime sweetheart, Tinnie Tate, plus a bevy of other tantalizing young women, each that seem to tempt Garrett one more than the other.
The problem is that the theater appears to be haunted and have an massive infestation of giant bugs.

I will not go into further details because the plot gets pretty complicated from there, with several different smaller and larger mysteries adding up and being resolved throughout the book.

Most of the old characters from previous stories are pulled into this book and that will cause a lot of confusion for someone not familiar with this entire series. It is a story that has a very healthy dose of the Dead Man, which is always a big plus for me. Garrett's partner always adds a lot to each story he is in.

Overall, this story fits nicely into the saga which is the Garrett Files, but does not stand out as one of the more spectacular works but is quite satisfying for this long time fan of the series.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Bloated, but ultimately a good read... 5 Jun. 2008
By Jeremy Reaban - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading the Garrett novels since the early 90s. They started off being fantasy noir, owing a lot to Chandler. Back then, the novels were almost self contained. You had Garrett and maybe his two friends, Morley Dotes and Saucerhead Tharpe plus sometimes a couple other helpers just for that novel. Though not always those.

Now Garrett pretty much has a whole host of companions and it seems like Cook has to drag out every character Garrett has ever met for a cameo. And spend the first 100 pages bringing us up to speed on what has happened to them since the last novel. That's okay for hard core fans of the series, but if you haven't read all the past novels, you probably have no idea who is who. So it takes quite some time before we finally get to the actual mystery/plot of the novel, based around the haunting of a theater.

At times it seems like Cook was going for a "Chinatown" vibe, in describing some of the rich families of the city (who are indirectly connected to the troubles of the theater), but there isn't much characterization of them. So it's not that effective.

Ultimately it's worth it for Garrett fans, but I wish an editor had cut out some of the fat. And definitely not the way to get into the series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not the best of the Garrett series 8 Jun. 2008
By Bruce Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a huge Cook fan, but I felt this installment could have been cut in half. Seemed like some events happened just to fill space or bring a familar character into the story. One of Cook's strengths is lean prose. He seems to have gotten away from that here. Garrett's maturation process is kind of drawn out. Not the hard edge to this story some of his others have.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Of all things, a transition novel from Cook 15 Jun. 2008
By S. Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read a lot of books by Glen Cook, even tracking things down before Amazon.

This is his first transition novel. Oh, he actually tells a story, Garrett has adventures, the background develops, but underneath it all, this is a transition story.

Not obvious, because the transitions to come are just hinted at, not delivered, but that is the strange note to it that makes it different from all the other novels in the series, and all the other novels by the author.

So, will our fearless P.I. become an adult? Will anyone in the crew? What is really going on in the World? You will have to wait for the next novel (perhaps) for the meta questions, but you will find out about the World (the theater that is being built).

But there is a hint of everything, even Glory Mooncalled, in this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unfinished and unrealized. 15 Aug. 2009
By Artur - Published on Amazon.com
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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 may 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.
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