Old Tin Sorrows (Garrett, P. I. Series #4)

Old Tin Sorrows (Garrett, P. I. Series #4)

by Glen Cook

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Overview

When his old friend Blake Peters calls in some overdue favors. Garrett feels like he’s committed himself to a corps of corpses. Someone is trying to kill Blake's wealthy, retired General Stantnor, in a most lingering, painful, and maybe poisonous way. Can Garrett keep the general above ground? 
 
But Stantnor's mansion holds a host of surprises for a human detective who thought he'd seen it all. For while the general is dying slowly, his employees are losing their lives at a far speedier rate. And when some of the not-long-departed try to enlist their comrades in the growing legions of the dead, Garrett knows it's time to call in his own troops—in the person of Morley Dotes, the toughest half-elf around. With Morley guarding his back, Garrett's got to handle—or gets his hands on—both the killer and the mansion's two elusive beauties, who seem invisible to everyone but Garrett!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101537688
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/1989
Series: Garrett, P. I. Series , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 98,655
File size: 751 KB
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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Old Tin Sorrows 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
Garrett’s old sergeant calls in a favor to make everyone’s favorite fantasy detective find out who’s trying to murder an already dying General Stanton. Stanton’s a lot like General Sternwood in The Big Sleep. He’s tough but likable in his final days of life, sitting next to a roaring fire because he doesn’t generate enough heat to keep his body warm on its own. He looks like he’s mere days from croaking on his own but is his poor health the result of a rare tropical disease caught in the service or an exotic poison? It doesn’t help that the General doesn’t like doctors and won’t cooperate in trying to save his life. As to motive? There’s a will that gives half of the General’s estate to his daughter and splits the remaining half between several long term retainers most of whom served under the General in the war. Suspicions that someone is trying to knock the General off are strengthened by the growing number of his retainers that have met an unexpected end—shrinking the pool of inheritors and growing everyone’s share of the estate. There’s also a woman (isn’t there always a woman in a Garrett novel) who is sneaking around the General’s home and nobody but Garrett admits to being able to see her. The only thing really going for Garrett as he tries to investigate this tight-mouthed group of suspects is that the pool of potential killers is diminishing so rapidly. Old Tin Sorrows shows us a different aspect of Garrett. He’s ten miles outside of the city for almost the entire book so he has to depend on his own wits and a little bit of help from his friend, Morley Dotes, to solve the crime. The Dead Man is simply not available to make connections or suggest courses of action. As the story progresses and the tension grows tauter it begins to look like Garrett isn’t up to the task. It’s always hard to evaluate the mystery of a novel you’ve read a couple of times before but I think Cook does a pretty good job with this one. At times Garrett seems to be a little slow, but if we recall he’s getting no sleep and is under a lot of strain, I’m not sure it’s fair to hold that against him. There are a couple of nice surprises toward the end and the portrait of Eleanor becomes a fixture in later novels, so this is not a book that is forgotten as the series progresses.
saltmanz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best Garrett book so far. I think the previous ones suffered (to this reader at least) from jumping around too much; too many locations and characters popping in and out. Basically, too much stuff to keep track of. This book tried something new—well, for the Garrett books, anyway. 'Twas a classic "one dozen people stuck in a haunted mansion and one of them's the killer" story, with thievery, a slow poisoning, and a serial killer all mixed together; not to mention the ghosts and zombies. Garrett's humanity gets highlighted as well, further endearing him to readers as a very relatable protagonist.
macha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this one is a perfect example of throwaway pulp fantasy/sf from the 40s. we don't really need it, but it's a fun read the author had some fun with too. sharper quippage (and a more interesting central character) might have taken this one to a slightly more exalted level, but as it is it's a really good pastiche of a style that's pretty much gone now, and i always have a soft spot for fantasy/sf p.i. series, so i'll keep it as a bit of a curiosity, and even pick up the remainder should they come to hand, though it's not in say the Randall Garrett class, for instance..
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