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Whispering Nickel Idols (Garrett Files #11)

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In TunFaire, a city of gorgeous women, powerful sorcerers and dangerous magic, the beautiful, criminally insane daughter of a comatose crime boss has some lascivious designs on private investigator Garrett-who now has to figure out why everyone is suddenly after him.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Roc
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Melissa McShane
Feb 17, 2012 Melissa McShane rated it really liked it
I've only read this one once before and had little memory of it, but of course once I got started again it all came flooding back. It's got my least favorite cover--Garrett looking like a dough-faced cheap knock-off of Han Solo, with a black-clad bimbo I can only assume is Belinda Contague perched almost on his lap--but one of the more clever plots, in which rival religious factions come to town and get tangled up in a plot to restore Chodo Contague to power, or rescue him from his coma, ...more
One of the best so far. Cook is smoothing out some of the rougher, sillier edges and going for a little more depth, and that's working for me.
Nov 24, 2014 Nicholas rated it liked it
I like this one. Decent story, solid writing. And while it too could use a strong editor's hand, it didn't have nearly as much of the Every Woman Wants My Dick syndrome that the last few have had. Though I have to admit that I'm starting to suspect I might like the series just as much, if not more, if Garrett were not around. Increasingly, he's not the character that's interesting. Which feeds into why I liked this one.

At this point in time, it's like Garrett is essentially an assistant manager
Apr 08, 2013 Mei rated it liked it
So I've taken a lot longer to finish these Garrett books, and I think I've enjoyed them a lot more as a result. Think Krispy Kreme doughnuts, everyone, and no matter how much you like them, eat them one at a time, one at a time, or you're going to feel a little queasy and regretful, and there's nothing sadder than a regretted doughnut. Seriously.

So time moves on, this is another complicated and intertwined set of facts, but strangely the Loghyr is becoming more accessible and human (fallible, ev
Felix Zilich
Nov 04, 2011 Felix Zilich rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Есть популярное мнение, что Глен Кук уже давно спекся. Поставив точку в летописи Черного Отряда и изгнав Слави Дуралейника за пределы Танфера, писатель собственноручно приговорил себя к творческому саомубийству, нищете и голоду. Из-за этого мнения и его молчаливых сторонников появление в текущем декабре на моей полке нового романа про Гаррета было воспринято как самый настоящий привет с того света.

Вы не ослышались. Новый роман про Гаррета. Одиннадцатый. Понятно, что на Западе книга вышла еще па
Robert Baucom
Not really a review but a question. At the end of whispering nickel idols Belinda is given a charm necklace and charm bracelet. These do not seem present in the other two books. Anyone explain why not?
Bob Schumaker
I enjoyed this entire series immensely. I grab the next one as soon as I see it!
May 26, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
I guess I’ve finally caught up with recent reading. PI Garrett is back in action, along with his housekeeper Dean, Pular Singe, and, of course, the Dead Man. Once he wakes up, the Dead Man is pulling everyone’s strings, Garrett is getting his ass kicked and giving a little of what he’s getting, all to learn why an underworld boss is in a coma and what a basket of odd kittens may have to do with it. As usual, author Glen Cook pens a wild fantasy noir novel that’s difficult to put down.

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Michael Hall
Mar 23, 2013 Michael Hall rated it liked it
A very fun Garrett PI installment. Somewhat unusual is that some of his more unbelievable amorous antics have been toned down letting us see a deeper maturity that was not always easily seen in Garrett and his debaucherous lifestyle. The Dead Man also plays a larger role than usual. Unfortunately the bulk of the mystery is solved off-stage which is a bit of a let down. Overall, still a fun read, and one that can stand alone on it's own merits.
Aug 02, 2012 Chetta rated it it was amazing
This was a very good Garrett excursion. It's an easy, go along for the ride, adventure that kept my interest with the well formed characters and witty, well-turned humor splashed throughout. Poor Garrett was sick much of the time but even that was well done. There was a layer of sensitivity you knew he had but didn't reveal, possibly even to himself, about Tinnie. Not too much - just enough. Nice easy read.
Leonard Anthony
Feb 10, 2010 Leonard Anthony rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, noir fans
Book 11 in the Garrett PI series tackles the Contague question: the Kingpin's status as well as that of his daughter, Belinda. It's not one of the best in the series but it's definitely better than Petty Pewter Gods. Which is not saying a lot about it. Incidentally, like Petty Pewter Gods, there is also a god involved. Make of that what you will, this is still a can't miss book since it's part of an awesome series.
Steven Burt
Jul 21, 2008 Steven Burt rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Glen Cook fans
It was nice to get back to this series of books from Glen Cook. They've always been a good read. Quick and easy. Nothing to exciting in this book. Once again, Cook's inside humor with this characters is on par with what his written in the past. Highly recommended if you've read any of the Garret files. If you haven't start with a few books prior.
Nov 02, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir, fantasy
3.5 stars. Since I am a recent fan of hardboiled detective stories and a fan of fantasy and humorous writings, I expected to enjoy this more. It was good, no doubt about it. But the story did meander more than I liked.

Overall, good story and fun divergences with an alcoholic pixie and surprisingly well mannered kittens.
Nov 21, 2010 Nathan rated it really liked it
11 books into it and I'm still a fan of Glen Cook's Garrett files. The self-depreciating first person style is fun to read, the characters are interesting, his plot lines are unique. Like all books in the series, this one can stand alone without bringing too much recap of people, places, and past events.
Jul 17, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series, fiction
Out-of-towners bring mischief to Garrett's life, particularly in the form of kittens, their urchin owner, and a group of men intent on killing them all. On top of this chaos, Chodo Contague may finally, inadvertently, kill Garrett before he can unwind the mystery of the crimelord's continued ill health.
Aug 28, 2007 Brendan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fiction fans and readers who are mildly interested in fantasy fiction.
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
It's a fun read if you want a break from more serious literature. Kinda a combination of fantasy and detective novel. Lacking a little polish in places and an anticlimactical ending. But it bridges the gap between fantasy and normal fiction pretty well. Probably at the low end of 4 stars.
Sep 15, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir-fusion
Definitely one I rank high in the series. There's a good mix of fun moments with kittens and gangsters running rampant, as well as emotional moments and several close calls.

Also, we get some more Tinnie and, if not closure, issues are addressed and acknowledged.
Not one of the best "Garrett" books, but I wanted to re-read it before reading "Cruel Zinc Melodies" (the next book in the series) since I couldn't remember what happened in this one.
Jan 03, 2013 Danny rated it really liked it
Glad to see the series bounced back after that horrendous 'Alien Encounter' book.
Michael Kerwin
Jul 29, 2011 Michael Kerwin rated it really liked it
If you like Glenn Cook, and in particular his Garret PI series, you will love this book.
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
Jul 17, 2013 Steven Vaughan-Nichols rated it really liked it
Not the best of the Garret fantasy mystery novels, but still a good read.
Joseph Teller
Dec 15, 2009 Joseph Teller rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-mystery
Not the best book in the series, but not a bad one either.
Dec 31, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A solid Garrett romp, plenty of mystery and twists.
May 13, 2013 Dennis rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A good Garrett novel.
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Glen Cook was born in New York City, lived in southern Indiana as a small child, then grew up in Northern California. After high school he served in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Missouri. He worked for General Motors for 33 years, retiring some years ago. He started writing short stories in 7th grade, had several published in a high school literary magazine. He began writing with m ...more
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