Cold Copper Tears (Garrett, PI #3) ★★★☆½

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Title: Cold Copper Tears
Series: Garrett, PI #3
Author: Glen Cook
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 249
Format: Digital Edition



Garrett is taking it easy, what with all the success from previous cases. However, a sultry blonde perks his interest, especially when it is obvious she is hiding the real reason for coming to him. Then the Grand High Inquisitor of the Church comes to Garrett, wanting to hire him. After accepting these two curious cases, Garrett is suddenly assaulted. For no reason that he can tell.

He gets some help from the major Crime Boss, who is then assaulted by a godlike being. Garrett, with some help from some potions from an earlier client, drives it off, thus continuing the debt of gratitude the Crime Boss owes him.

After lots of action, and a street girl suddenly becoming his understudy and claiming she’s going to marry him, Garrett puts it all together. A long dead, malevolent loghyr, has been masquerading as a god of destruction so long that it has come into being. Garrett tracks down the loghyr, informs the Crime Boss, and let’s nature take its course. A loghyr body might not decompose but it sure can be eaten by hungry rats!

Garrett is richer than ever. But now he has to figure out what do with the street girl and with Tinnie. Garrett isn’t the marrying kind.


My Thoughts:

I had fun reading this. I didn’t bother to try to figure out anything ahead of time. I just sat back, let Garrett get the crap beat out of him, watched him beat the crap out some others and generally had a fantastic old time.

The humor continues to work for me, Garrett hasn’t annoyed me yet and his womanizing hasn’t crossed the line yet either. I do have to say, that is what caused this book to stay at 3  1/2 stars instead of moving up to 4. Poor Garrett gets ambushed in his own bed by the street girl (well, she’s 18…). I’m getting the feeling that Female X will show up for a book or three and then shove off. I was kind of hoping that Tinnie would move into friendship territory and become a regular part of the cast. Not looking too promising at the moment.

My other gripe is the tired old cliché about gods taking their power from their believers, etc, etc. This story is dealing with gods and churches and what not, so while I was kind of expecting it, it just really hit me wrong this time. As I was reading through I had ask myself what kind of person worships a god that they themselves have created? What’s the point? Made me glad I’m a Christian who serves the One True God. He’s said He’s the only God. So either it is true and I’m all set, or it is a lie and I’ve got nothing to fear from a being that can lie about Reality itself. Despair, yes, but not Fear.

Cook writes well here and as long as he doesn’t start recycling story lines (something I can see happening with 14’ish books in the series) I don’t foresee any problems with continuing on until the end. Of course, the series did kind of peter out in ’13, so I’m only getting closer and closer to landmine territory with each new book.

My goodness, for a book I thoroughly enjoyed, I certainly rained on it enough didn’t I?



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18 thoughts on “Cold Copper Tears (Garrett, PI #3) ★★★☆½

  1. Apparently, when you schedule a post for 6am and then the time change happens for daylight saving time, WordPress isn’t smart enough to catch on. Good thing I’m not a professional blogger who makes his living from posting 😉

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  2. Oh yes, you did rain on it a lot! How’s the weather? 🙂
    But on a more serious note, it’s good to see Cook keeps his level. I’ll get to Garret one day, now I’m in A Fortress in Shadow and it’s slowly going – but I’m hooked anyway 🙂

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      1. Just the usual tons of other stuff to read, plus my general reluctance to marathon a series after I burned out doing that with Dresden Files. Plus the first two books were 3-3.5 star reads so I was in no hurry.


    1. I just read through the Wiki articles on Garrett in Thief and while none of them mention this series, the words they use to describe game Garrett certainly sound like they could be rooted in book Garrett. Probably have to go read biographies of the game creators though and I doubt either of us cares that much 🙂

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  3. “My goodness, for a book I thoroughly enjoyed, I certainly rained on it enough didn’t I?”

    I’ve done that a time or two. Drives me crazy, but I rarely decide to cut anything.

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    1. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen that often. It also doesn’t help that my reviews are usually about 1/2 the length of yours. You have more space to sprawl around, as it were 🙂


    1. I am not expecting these to ever get to 4star territory. As long as they stay at 3 1/2, I’ll be satisfied.
      I do think “Oh good, I get to read a Garrett book now” when I come up on them in my rotation, so that is a good thing 🙂

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