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A CORPS OF CORPSESwas what it seemed Garrett had committed himself to find when Blake Peters turned up to reclaim some overdue favors. Someone was trying to kill Peters' boss, wealthy, retired General Stantnor, in a most lingering, painful, and maybe poisonous way. And Peters wanted Garrett to keepithe general from becoming a ghost of himself.But Stantnor's mansion held aA CORPS OF CORPSESwas what it seemed Garrett had committed himself to find when Blake Peters turned up to reclaim some overdue favors. Someone was trying to kill Peters' boss, wealthy, retired General Stantnor, in a most lingering, painful, and maybe poisonous way. And Peters wanted Garrett to keepithe general from becoming a ghost of himself.But Stantnor's mansion held a host of surprises for a human detective who thought he'd seen it all. For while the general was dying slowly, his employees were losing their lives at a far speedier rate. And when some of the not-long-departed tried to enlist their comrades in the growing legions of the dead, Garrett knew it was time to call in his own troops in the person of Morley Dotes, the toughest half-elf around. Morley would guard his back against whoever had decided that Garrett, too, belonged six feet underground. And meanwhile, Garrett would try to handle-or get his hands on-both the killer and the mansion's two elusive beauties -- who seemed invisible to everyone but Garrett...!...

Title : Old Tin Sorrows
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ISBN : 9780451160133
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Old Tin Sorrows Reviews

  • Bookwraiths
    2019-04-04 12:03

    A creepy house, a dying General, his strange but beautiful daughter, and a series of petty theft. Just the place our favorite fantasy P.I. for hire finds himself having to visit to pay off a debt owed to his old army sergeant. But naturally, once Garrett arrives, the small favor turns into a major job, because the simple investigation takes a turn for the worst with a hauntingly, beautiful spirit appearing and a series of unexplained murders breaking out. And the worst part is Garrett didn't get paid a large enough upfront fee to cover all this! What is a sentimental but street smart p.i. to do in such a situation? Why dig in deeper if you are Garrett - even when you find out things you'd rather never have known.Great book. Several Goodreads friends had said this was one of the best Garrett stories if not the best, and I have to agree with their wisdom. Highly recommend this one for an enjoyable read.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-04 12:09

    Not a nero wolfe homage as the Dead Man stays dead to the world until the final scenes, this one's all Garrett and Morely in a country manor like Christie's "And Then There Were None". Of course it's a fantasy so there is a lot more going on then would in a normal mystery.This fourth volume in the series is where Cook really starts to shine, this is by far my favorite volume so far, I'm looking forward to the next in the series.reread 8/1/17 Just as good as the first time I read it.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-04-11 18:15

    Garrett gets hired by the aid of an aging millionaire general to find out who's poisoning him and gets a lot more than he bargained for. The general's heirs keep dropping like flies and what part, if any, does a mysterious woman in white only Garrett can see play in things?While I enjoyed this entry in the Garrett Files, it's not as good as the previous two. The first third of the story moves really slowly and most of the general's heirs are little more than cardboard targets for the killer. I did enjoy Morely Dotes's part in things, as well as the return of Djongo and the grolls.To sum up, I wasn't as enamored with this Garrett Files book as I was the previous two but it's still entertaining and I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Michael
    2019-04-13 19:10

    Glen Cook is one of my favorite authors. Old Tin Sorrows is a great read. Old Tin Sorrows is the fourth book in the Garrett Files collection. Garrett is a tough ex-marine, private investigator in the mold of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. The series is set in a fantasy world that has faeries, trolls, sorcerers, wizards,elves and humans living in one city. Garrett's adviser is "the Dead Man" who is really not a man at all and isn't exactly dead. Old Tin Sorrows is arguably the darkest volume in Glen Cook's Garrett, P.I. series but it is a murder mystery set in a haunted house so that is to be expected. Garrett solves the murders in his typical and self described way, "by stirring things up like a bull in a china shop". He also enlists the help of some of his friends. A must read for fans of Glen Cook.

  • Bryan Schmidt
    2019-04-06 19:55

    I really enjoyed my first Glen Cook. Which is good, since he's a friend of mine. This was not what I expected from a PI book, which is because it's original but the one struggle was the world building. The author obviously established this world in prior books but his assumption that we'd pick it up was a bit ambitious. I found it confusing because I never got a real sense of the world at large. The story is set on a large estate and thus, we never see the world outside of it. So that's partly the nature of the story. But as an entry point in this series, I found myself a bit confused as to what era or period this world relates to in our own world's history. And thus, had trouble grounding myself with it. That aside, the characters are well developed as was the mystery. And the pacing was good as well as the humor. A solid read. Recommended.

  • Algernon
    2019-04-16 17:09

    I loved the nod to Raymond Chandler with the introduction of the old and sick general with a heat penchant, a huge house and a wayward daughter. Later , Cook goes his own way , weaving the noir atitude with the high fantasy / supernatural setting.Garrett remains in top form with his snarky remarks, a bunch of his friends put in cameo roles, the ladies exert the same fatal attraction.The series lost a little steam in the investigative department, where Garrett is more clueless than usual and the bodycount gets a tad out of control.But I'm looking forward to more adventures of our beer swilling flatfoot.

  • Jane Mercer
    2019-04-04 13:16

    Cook has slowed pace for this the fourth of the Garrett books.Hired by an old sergeant from Army days to investigate who is trying to kill his employer, using the cover of investigating the theft of trinkets at the same time.Garrett goes to stay at the Stantnor Place to investigate, what he finds is confusing and perplexing to him.(Once I got the cast of characters I had the murderer and something glaringly obvious but not the thief)It is an entertaining case which Garrett solves with the help of Morley Dotes his half dark elf friend, and Dr Doom (no relation to the Marvel character)

  • Scott Waldie
    2019-03-31 11:59

    A little more of a straight whodunnit for the Garrett, P.I. series, but despite the solid writing and a few differences from the normal formula, I feel like the series is already wearing a little thin on me and I might not make it through. I just greatly prefer his Black Company and Instrumentalities stuff.

  • Ric
    2019-04-14 17:10

    A good read. Moves along with lots of mystery for our characters. A sad but understand ending. A good read.

  • John
    2019-04-20 18:03

    Sam spade meets d&dSolid book in the series, one of my favorites. I love this series. A fantasy world that has a equally part mystery novel

  • Heather
    2019-04-15 19:00

    I'll add more about the actual story when I have time. So for now you just get what I thought about it. This particular book takes more of a turn into the Mystery genre for the majority of the book and less a turn in the fantasy. Most of the players are Human with the exception of Cook who is a troll (or part troll) and Morley Dotes who is of course part Dark Elf. What seems to be an investigation into some thievery in the house of a certain retired General of the Karentian military and unrelated mysterious illness suffered by said General turns into somewhat fantastical in the end, but the majority of the story is a lot of poking around by Garrett and trying to find angles and motives for what seems to be three unrelated nasty events transpiring. My mind got to work on the mystery immediately. I assumed that old boy was being poisoned and short of that, he was cursed by someone. We all know that this being a fantasy universe there are magic users, so it wasn't too far fetched an idea. I was surprised that most of the story took on a less fantastical tone but before we even get to the end, I already knew at least part of the truth, even if Garrett is too blind to see it. Which brings me to my next point. Garrett is usually pretty slow on the take. As per usual he's the last one to figure it out. What's more, Garrett can't go a single book without meeting a double-lovely woman and eventually fooling around with her, no matter how many sour grapes she'd eaten prior. In this book Garrett Darling manages to woo two different women, and that's not even counting the rendezvous he has with Maya at the end of the book which alludes to more than just pleasant company. Even so, I do love that poor Garrett has a soft side. He manages to get his feelings all caught up in the events which not only blinds him, but leads to what was a very tender moment at the end of the book that actually made me tear up a little bit. Even more, I always love Garrett's narration of events. They aren't always on the money, but they are full of clever quips and euphemisms that just keep me laughing or interested to read just to see what else he'll say. It was a very good mystery.

  • Larry Wentzel
    2019-03-26 14:15

    I seem to be running against the grain on this one. I didn't care for it much, probably because I missed the Raymond Chandler homage and allusions to older noir novels.The setup was very good: Garrett is dragged out of voluntary unemployment by an old war buddy, calling in a favor. There's a large, mostly vacant estate barely kept running by a skeleton crew, while the old war horse who owns it is on death's door due to mysterious circumstances. The old warhorse, who may be paranoid, focuses on petty theft. Meanwhile people are dying mysteriously in unexplainable ways.Garrett is particularly dull witted and sluggish to work out what's going on. Perhaps it's because the Dead Man isn't around to pester Garrett (a point in favor for this story; it threatened to be a crutch), perhaps it's a restriction of Raymond Chandler meets old haunted house plot, I dunno. I found Garrett's disbelief of ghosts and possession in a fantasy world replete with vampires, zombies, sorcerors, witches, and necromancers to be a frustrating example of Arbitrary Skepticism ( Only a few of the characters in the mansion were memorable; otherwise, they had little to distinguish themselves from one another except for the manner in which they died. I feel like an opportunity was missed with the child of a necromancer and stormwarden not exhibiting any magical powers that would explain matters. Likewise, the motives of the murderer were completely hidden until the big revelation.This is definitely a mood piece. I guess I wasn't quite in the mood for the brooding over death nature, although I did rather enjoy the big confrontation, where the old warhorse gets his comeuppance.

  • Snap
    2019-04-23 15:01

    I noticed Glen Cook had a new Garrett, P. I. novel out. I went to my bookcase and looked to see if I had kept any of the Garrett novels of the past and could I figure out where I left off. OLD TIN SORROWS was the oldest that I found, published in 1995 when paperback books were $3.95 a copy. Remember those days?! I started to read OLD TIN SORROWS and didn't remember the story, so I continued reading. What a fun ride. It was everything I remembered about the Garrett novels. Great one liners. Fun characters (elves and all sorts of critters). Garrett is hired by his old marine sarge, Blake Peters. Peters has retired from the marines and is now working for the "old man", General Stratnor. Peters believes someone is poisoning the General and he hires Garrett to found out the truth. What's the saying -- the truth will set you free -- nothing stranger than the truth ... you get the drift. Garrett moves into the Stratnor mansion where he finds one surprise after another and Garrett thought he had seen it all. Morley comes to help (Garrett's elf friend who owns a bar and who is always after Garrett to eat better). I found a few more Garrett novels that I'll be reading in order to catch up to the new one. I'll be laughing all the way. Fun fantasy, mystery.

  • Michael Hall
    2019-04-10 15:54

    This is my favorite Garret Files book to date! Garret must solve who is robbing from and poisoning an old retired general. This case has a different pace and feel to it that was somewhat more bitter and less cynical than the ones that have preceded it in earlier books. The environment is changed up as well: instead of wandering around the city or the countryside Garret is confined to a large haunted mansion for the duration. His style of investigation is still to wander in and shake things up just to see what falls out, yet he actually begins to realize his do-good nature as well as just how much he is often in over his head as a result of that. In this one we see only a mention of the Dead Man, who is sleeping, so Garret cannot rely upon the Dead Man's intellect to help him out. There is deep mystery, creeping suspense, intense danger, and even (hopeless) bittersweet love that Garret is willing to admit to for the first time ever. I'd already the guessed the identity of the murderer very early in the book, although those of the thief and "poisoner" were a surprise.

  • Mike McLaren
    2019-04-19 17:11

    A big fan of Cook's "Black Company" books, I decided to give his Detective Garrett a try. Maybe I should not have started with #4, [i]Old Tin Sorrows[/i]. I enjoyed the book, but never felt enamored with the characters, not even the protagonist. Perhaps if I had started at the beginning of the series, I might have felt more of an affinity with Garrett.The story is written as black humor, a fantasy that involves numerous characters. With the exception of Cook and the protagonist, and toward the end Morley, we never see or know enough about the characters to really care what happens to them—and stuff does happen to them. The ending is supposed to be a twist, and though we might not expect how it does end, the book lacked intrigue and suspense. Instead of, "oh my gosh, how could I not have seen that," at the end we are left saying, "Well, okay, that makes sense."I enjoyed the book enough to try another in the Detective Garrett series. I just hope it grabs me more than [i]Old Tin Sorrows[/i].

  • Karen
    2019-03-31 14:09

    4 1/2 stars for my favorite PI. I love Garrett because I always have the most fun reading his exploits, he is such a romantic, aggravating, womanizing character. Here he goes to help a fellow Marine who has a dying boss and former commanding officer. Garrett thinks it will be a simple matter to figure out who the culprit is, but of course he should know that when he gets called in things get weird fast. His world is populated with all manner of fantastic character like Morley Dotes, a black elf who owns a health food restaurant and does assassination work on the side, when he's not sleeping with married women. The woman are all shapely and rarely human but he goes for them no matter what they are, as long as they are beautiful.This is just a fun read with elements of mystery, the supernatural, and mythical creatures. Enjoy it if you like a good noir type mystery with a fantasy twist. Think Raymond Chandler.

  • Bogdan Capitanoiu
    2019-03-27 15:17

    &back to my 2nd discovered lite read, smart humor, happy writer.And another mystery...with fantastical elements (elves&trolls&gnolls&'draughs'&more) in an apparently classic medieval setting, and some new characters(hopefully recurrent). And its all in the title :) I mean the plot and the mood... Surprising but a burn after reading kind of way.Different from the others... Structurally there are a couple of things...- nodeadman ergo no brain(no need it's all in the title...all about emotion and reluctance to accept the obvious because it might be hurtful)- no traveling/location change(again to keep you stressed)- no magic (except the introduction of a new dimension in the allegorical side of the writer's universe)To read...definitely ... But take it as a small trip into Garret's hart with all it parts hurting and being outside in a Suspects form.And because it was a trip on the down-low yes quite eagerly lookin' twds the next 1.

  • HBalikov
    2019-04-06 20:16

    This is, for me, one of Cook's best Garrett novels. Why? It begins with a wonderful homage to Chandler's classic, the Big Sleep. That book, if you recall, begins with Marlowe entering the Sternwood mansion and being taken to the greenhouse where General Sternwood resides. Chandler captures (and foreshadows) in a few sentences the desperation and decay that has permeated the Sternwood clan. Garrett is much like Marlowe, a knight errant and a soldier in battle against lost causes. He is called to help a celebrated General under whom he once served.Garrett is without his friend, The Dead Man, but Morley and Saucerhead are brought in when desperation demands it. This book, at its core, is a unique noir ghost story that slowly builds momentum until the final fifty pages crash into a satisfying resolution.

  • Phil Hore
    2019-04-11 19:53

    This is one of my favourite books.....ever! For fans of everything noir, you will note it has a very strong connection to Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep.This book is such an influence that when I finally got to write my own murder mystery, The order of the DRAGON, I wrote a chapter that is heavily influenced by both Cook and Chandler's scenes. I cannot recommend this book enough- funny, thrilling, heart breaking and you get a very real sense of the friendship that underlines the entire series between Garret and Morley Dotes.

  • Mary
    2019-04-07 20:13

    This series is not for everybody. There is a bittersweet undertone that makes them worth reading - and re-reading - but you have to have a certain amount of... life experience, I guess, to really get it.The cynical take on war, immigration, and the economics thereof could have been written yesterday. Yet, the series began in 1987. Very prescient, but then Glen Cook has an almost depressingly accurate understanding of human nature.Also, although the dead Loghyr is supposed to be the center of the stories, Garrett quickly becomes the main character, and the star, of the series. The fact that he gets through the day without losing his humanity keeps you waiting to see what he'll live through next.

  • Richard
    2019-04-20 13:55

    This book is the 4th in the Garrett PI series, and a series that's proving very good at delivering an intriguing mix of fantasy/Noir detective tropes this book is no exception. Garrett has a new case to find out whose stealing from an Old General and to try find out whose trying to kill the man at the same time, however he seems to step into a full on murderfest when he reaches the property, and then has to try work that one out as well, and if each of these cases are related. Glen Cook does a good job of immersing you in the world and situations he creates and the appearance of familiar characters in the book helps with this immensely. The story was good, kept you guessing at the suspects until the very end, and helped develop Garrett and his friends further as characters.

  • Al Cormier
    2019-04-16 20:22

    This one is much darker than the first three novels in this series. Rather than crusading about the countryside, Garrett is committed to a classic haunted mansion where he is retained--by a former fellow Marine who he owed, big time--to find who, or what is killing retired General Stantnor.As in his previous adventures, Garrett soon finds himself in way over his head.I found the atmosphere more somber in this novel. Garrett seems to trudge along with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Even the lighter moments seem to be toned down. I found this story to be closer to the horror genre than the dark fantasy. But it still held my interest as it showed even a successful case doesn't have to end happily.

  • Doris
    2019-04-10 17:15

    This is not the first of the series I have read, but it was an improvement because it didn't focus so much on The Dead Man, although there were an unfortunate number of dead men in the story.The setting is another universe nearly, where silver is the currency and the rich just get richer. Garrett is hired to find out why someone is killing the General and stealing from him too, both of which tasks he resolves in his own bumbling, lovable way. Entertaining with a surprising twist at the end. Yes, I guessed the identity of the murderer but it still surprised me - as did the identity of the thief. You have vampires, elves, thieves and cutpurses, goblins and ghosts. What more could you want in this light read?!?

  • Matt
    2019-03-26 15:11

    The more of the books in the Garrett series I read, the more I like it.After three books in which Garrett gets to bull his way through cases with a bit of luck and some brute force (very much in the manner of the noir detectives he is modelled on) we have this case:Country house, retired general, butler, Cook ... much more Agatha Christie than Raymond Chandler; Garrett is totally out of his element.This book shows the versatility of Glen Cook as a writer and demonstrates the great fun to be had in a series when you establish patterns for the characters over several books and then drop them into something completely different.

  • David
    2019-04-16 18:59

    I read most of the series before getting to this one, including the later books. This is probably the grimmest, with a final end body count worthy of Hamlet (except, obviously, that the lead character survives in this book). I probably enjoyed it more out of sequence than I would have enjoyed it had I read the books in order. The mystery is not all that mysterious, and the grim tone almost outweighs the usual humor. But, read out of sequence, it also seems clear that this is the book where some of the characters start moving beyond the somewhat static molds in which they were originally cast.

  • Lurple
    2019-03-26 12:13

    Mix up a fantasy setting with noir crime novels and one tought PI and you get the Glen Cook's Garret series. As a fan of both fantasy and classic PI fiction, it's almost as if the series was created for me. There are some ups and downs in the series, of course, but Old Tin Sorrows is a personal favorite of mine.This book borrows rather heavily from Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep and then adds good old Garret and his friends to the cast. As a fan of Chandler, I found I wasn't offended by the homage, and in fact it's a great book on it's own, whether you've read The Big Sleep or not. Highly recommended to fantasy PI fans, such as fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden series.

  • Macha
    2019-04-04 12:08

    3 & 1/2 stars. this one is a good 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..

  • Ian Cockerill
    2019-04-19 16:13

    I really do enjoy the Garrett PI books. A high fantasy setting with a noir aesthetic makes for an entertaining read. This entry in the series is perhaps a little darker than the previous volumes (although they are all a little darker than the cover and blurb might lead you to believe) but it is none the worse for that. An ideal read for the fantasy fan who likes a bit of crime, or vice versa.

  • Ross Lockhart
    2019-04-11 19:53

    The first novel included in the Garrett, P.I. omnibus that I picked up last week at the Petaluma library’s bookstore, but the fourth in the ongoing series. Fantasy meets noir, but much closer to Rex Stout than Dashiell Hammett. A fun read, even if it is just high fantasy with an affected hardboiled drawl. Swords and Sorcery purists would probably prefer A Cruel Wind: A Chronicle Of The Dread Empire.

  • B.E.
    2019-04-16 12:11

    Picked this up on a whim. It took a little getting used to - since it's not the first in the series and I've never read any of the others. All in all, though, it was a pretty good mixture of old hard-boiled detective and the paranormal. Almost makes me want to hunt down the rest of the 'Garrett, P.I.' novels. I just don't have the time. Still, well worth the read and more than worth the cost. If I happen to see another one of these in the bargain bin, I'll definitely pick it up.