A well-received series about a man called GARRETT, the top--and only--private eye in TunFaire. It's not easy making a living as a private dick in a town full of ogres, dwarfs, gnomes, sorcerors, centaurs, nymphs and elves, never mind having corrupt cops like Captain Block of the Watch always on your back, but, dammit, someone's got to do it.
And thankfully, Garrett's got a partner to watch his back...well, sorta. The catch is that his partner, known as The Dead Man, is, according to reader James Davis, "Nero Wolfe taken to an extreme. His methods are similar. The aversion to women is there. He's big and never moves from his chair. Of course, he's dead."
As The Library Journal puts it, "Fast-paced adventure that combines sword and sorcery with hardboiled detective fiction."
The author, Glen Cook, has written eight Garrett novels so far (not counting the omnibus reprinting of the first three books) and has so far released a new adventure about once every other year or so and I expect he'll probably release another one as soon as he can think of a metal he hasn't used yet. The plots and the hero are extremely Chandleresque, but that's half the fun. Garrett is the ultimate hard-boiled detective, living in a world where the cops are corrupt, the rich can get away with murder, and a favor from the local kingpin can open just about any locked door. What's different is that this world also contains vampires, trolls, magic, and gods that tend to visit you "personally" if they think you haven't been behaving yourself. In many ways, it's a lot like the HBO movie Cast a Deadly Spell where the "fantasy" element is more of a backdrop than anything else, and the real action comes from the different characters just playing off each other.
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