Gilded Latten Bones
Gilded Latten Bones is the 13th entry in the Garrett, P.I. series by Glen Cook.
While the Garrett series hasn’t received as much attention as his Black Company series, it is well worth reading. There are true moments of magic. For those who haven’t read along, Garrett is a private detective in the city-state of Tunfaire. Magic exists in this world, along with elves and dwarves and many other fantasy creatures. Cook does a wonderful spin by placing all these disparate pieces into a tight packed city situation full of simmering racial and political tension. Amid this mix. we have Garrett. Garrett is an ex-marine (there was a war going on at the start of the series) who has become a private investigator. A PI isn’t particularly a normal occupation in the world of Tunfaire but Garrett is persistent.
The current volume begins with Garrett being attacked while in bed with Tinnie Tate. This is nothing out of the ordinary for Garrett. What is out of the ordinary is that he is not in his usual house on Macanudo Street. We then find out that Garrett’s friend Morley (a dark elf sometime gangster, sometime restaurateur) has been wounded and Garrett is summoned off to help guard him in his recovery.
We find out that Garrett has moved in with Tinny and it seems some time has passed since we last saw him (I would guess around a year and a half).
Many things ensue in the investigation of Morley’s injury and the appearance of strange sorceries. Along the way, Garrett has to deal with the deterioration of his and Tinnie’s relationship and possibly steps towards growing up.
I really enjoyed this book. Cook delivers freshness and fun twists into his already interesting series.