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Gilded Latten Bones (Garrett Files #13)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,103 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
For Garrett, P.I., loyalty and love come a close second to survival...

Garrett's attempt at domestic bliss with the fiery Tinnie Tate is sidetracked when he waylays a pair of home intruders and learns they've been paid by an unknown source to kidnap Tinnie. But as Garrett rushes to find out who is trying to push his buttons, his best friend is attacked. Now, Garrett has
Paperback, 362 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Roc (first published October 25th 2010)
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Rebecca Stevenson
Sep 23, 2011 Rebecca Stevenson rated it did not like it
Gilded Latten Bones is the... I don't know, feels like the 50th book in the Garrett, PI series, but Wikipedia tells me there's only 13. From the feel of the ending, I suspect this is intended to be the last one.

The story starts out in traditional noir mystery fashion, and seems fairly promising. There is a bizarre attack on the place he's now sharing with Tinnie, and it looks like an older, wiser Garrett will be hauled back to his old haunts when someone comes close to killing his old friend Mor
Mar 24, 2011 Danny rated it it was ok
I am amazed people have given this book good reviews. It wasn't very good at all.
The theme of the book is "Everyone is getting old". Which really wasn't very compelling.

The 'case' could have been pretty interesting, but never goes anywhere. (view spoiler)
Dec 09, 2010 Robert rated it it was ok
Shelves: trashy-novels
Disclaimer: I love Glen Cook like a child loves his grandfather. The best of his work is easily the same caliber as Howard, Tolkien, and Leiber. So my feelings were deeply hurt when grandfather Cook pulled down my pants to molest me.

I am a huge fan of the Garret series, so I am sorry, but, this book is plain bad. For the vast majority of the book the characters sit around at Garret's house not doing much. They are passive and out-of-character. It's sometimes difficult to tell who is talking. Gar
Melissa McShane
Jul 02, 2013 Melissa McShane rated it really liked it
Update 7/2/13: I re-read this before getting into the next book, newly released. Still like it very much, still the same reactions as my previous review, with the addition that I don't know how I didn't realize he hadn't officially given Horrible Spoiled Tinnie Tate the heave-ho in this book. Now I am even more eager to read the next.

11/13/10: Not *that* much more spoilery than any of my other ones about the Garrett series, but enough.
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Frank Tuttle
Feb 22, 2012 Frank Tuttle rated it really liked it
I've been a Garrett fan since before dirt. I love the character, the settings, the POV, the film noir references, all of it. I've been eating these books up for years.

That said, I found this one hard to read. Not because the book is badly written, heck no, but because Cook has chosen to do something I don't think I'd do -- he's let the characters age. Get old. Die.

People do that, you know. I don't like it, and if I were running the universe I'd make some changes in that department, but that's th
Gabe S
Mar 17, 2015 Gabe S rated it it was amazing
Screw it, I liked it!! ****** Spoiler Alert ******

I'll admit some of the later novels in this series were feeling a little tired but I'll give this a full 5 stars purely for the fact that Garrett finally got rid of terrible Tinnie Tate - the 13th and final entry in the series so good riddance and good on slightly fat Garrett!! :-) love this series - sad to see it go but Garret finally had a good thing going there at the end.

UPDATE - my bad, just found out there's a book 14. Book 13 is not quite
It looks like the horrible implosion that was Glen Cook's "Angry Lead Skies" pretty much signaled the end of the Garrett series. The two books that followed it ("Whispering Nickel Idols" and "Cruel Zinc Melodies") recovered a lot from that disaster. But, each of them had successively more niggling issues. This book, "Gilded Latten Bones," has enough issues to drop it down to merely an OK 3 stars out of 5 rating. On one side, the actual story is interesting. But, that story is so covered with bar ...more
Isaac Clarke
Aug 10, 2015 Isaac Clarke rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
13 წიგნი დაჭირდა იმას, რომ ერთხელ და სამუდამოდ გარეტი ნორმალურ არსებად ჩამოყალიბებულიყო, რაც ძალიან სამწუხაროა. ჯობდა ისევ ლოთ, ზარმაც და ცინიკოს პერსონაჟად დაეტოვებინა კუკს.

და საერთოდ 8 წიგნის შემდეგ სერიის დამთავრება შეიძლებოდა თავისუფლად. ნუ მეცამეტეს თუ არ ჩავთვლით, რომელიც სასიამოვნო გამონაკლისი გამოდგა

ბოლო წიგნებში თუ რამე მომწონს ფინალებია. ამის ფინალსაც არაუშავდა, თუმცა წინას ვერ შეედრება რათქმაუნდა.

მოკლედ დიადი მოწყენილობა სუფევს, იუმორიც გაბანძდა, თემებიც გაბანძდა და თითქოს უფრო გაშა
Joseph Teller
Dec 29, 2010 Joseph Teller rated it really liked it
Garrett, TunFaire's only PI, was taking a stab at domestic bliss and off the job of investigating the underbelly of the various people of that fair city when he gets dragged back into the life after some one tries to kidnap Tinnie Tate and leaves his best friend Morley Dotes for dead in an alley.

It sure looks personal, but turns out much larger and a conspiracy is definitely behind this and more events that he can't help but be in the middle of.

Just when you think you've gotten out of the game
Mark Strumke
Jun 28, 2011 Mark Strumke rated it really liked it
If you like the Garrett series by Cook then you’ll like this book. I’ve found the last few books in this series disappointing but I’m glad to see that Cook seems to have gotten his groove back with this book.

This book is also marks a significant departure from the previous Garrett books. This book jumps forward in time and Garrett is now in retirement from P.I. work (that’s not a spoiler- you learn this in the first few pages of the book). This, of course, doesn’t mean that a case needing invest
Jan 20, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it
Of all the sci-fi/fantasy detective series out there, Glen Cook's Garrett, PI series is far and away my favorite. Gilded Latten Bones is the thirteenth and latest book in the series and Cook explores how Tunfaire, politics, and Garrett himself are changing over time.

After Morley is found on the brink of death and a kidnapping attempt on Tinnie is made, Garrett is determined to find out why. This is complicated when the same people try to kill Garrett with a handful of strangely dressed frankenst
Jason Lang
Jul 10, 2011 Jason Lang rated it really liked it
The last two Garrett books have felt like they were putting the series away. This is usually a good thing in long-running series, as eventually, it becomes a burden on the writer and as more and more leftover bits come into play, it becomes cumbersome.
But with Bones, Cook seems to be dusting off the Garrett series. While not the strongest novel in the series, Bones does manage a good, involving yarn, deal with aging issues, set up the series with new possibilities. This feels much like an older
Sep 29, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, mystery fans, fantasy mystery fans
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Robin Stone
Oct 06, 2012 Robin Stone rated it really liked it
Our retired hero is keeping house with his number one squeeze Tinnie Tate. He is getting a little pudgy around the middle and people have started ignore him. Garrett finds being ignored quite uncomfortable. Despite this, our Garrett has created a boring existence far from the excitement found on Macunado Street until someone tries to kidnap Tinnie and murder his best pal Morely. Garrett returns to his detective and body-guarding past to solve the mystery. During the intriguing yet meandering sto ...more
Gilbert M.
Feb 08, 2013 Gilbert M. rated it really liked it
I’ve been a big fan of the Garrett Files since reading Sweet Silver Blues some twenty years ago. Glen Cook pretty much invented (perhaps with some inspiration from John Ostrander’s Grim Jack) what has become a staple of the market today—a detective navigating his way through a supernatural world. Cook has written this series with an endearing mix of engaging mystery, easy levity and solid action punctuated by moments of soul-touching emotion.

The Garrett files are structured around the dynamic ma
Tim Hicks
Jun 20, 2011 Tim Hicks rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Objectively this is not a four-star book, but I'm giving it four anyway because I enjoyed it. Cook would never claim to put this series up against Serious Lit-rat're or even against heavy-duty SF/F, but it's good at what it does. This is my third of Cook's "metal" series, and I don't recommend reading this unless you've had at least two of the others, maybe more.

This one shows Garrett getting a bit of a clue about life, and has some interesting interactions between characters. The plot's a bit
Evan Scangas
Feb 18, 2011 Evan Scangas rated it it was ok
I've read a few books in the series, most if not all of the 1st six or so, then more sporadically as the theme became more standard. This book was a decent read and opened up the series to continue if Cook wishes to do so. The book itself was not overflowing with action and seemed at times to be recreating one of those 1-2man plays that happens in a single room. I had just finished Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files, and was less enthused about Garrett's sarcastic/contrary personality com ...more
Jun 25, 2011 David rated it really liked it
The Garrett novels are good as standalone novels, but part of the charm of the series is that the characters and back stories do accumulate over time. This book has that in spades. Though it was a review of this particular book that got me started on the series, I'm glad that I didn't read it until I'd read many of the previous books -- the back story is more important to this one than to most of the rest, not because of how it affects the plot, but because of how it affects the overall context. ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Nicholas rated it liked it
Interesting story, some good character development, some serious changes to what has come before. But gee whiz, Cook can't write an interesting love story to save his life judging from this series. The non-Garrett characters becoming more interesting than Garrett continues in this installment.
Rena McGee
Sep 04, 2013 Rena McGee rated it liked it
Garrett is attempting to settle down with his fiancé Tinnie Tate, but there is a problem. Tinnie, in the pursuit of an “ordinary life” had forbidden Garrett to visit his friends, especially friends of the female persuasion. Garrett is doing his best to placate Tinnie, but his attempts do not ease the strain or Tinnie’s insecurity. In addition, most of what Garret is doing by way of business is security work for Max Weider, and does not provide much of a challenge.

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Viktor Davion
Apr 11, 2014 Viktor Davion rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour-fantasy
It's been a while I read previous Garrett book. Lot of characters and events are half forgotten. But lot of them popped up in mind after a few pages. Style didn't change though Garrett has matured. But he has been maturing gradually during all previous books and this is really good. It makes these stories more plausible and characters more alive. I liked that Garrett's relations were described deep enough. Storyline itself somewhat lacks interesting twists and turns but instead centers on relati ...more
Leonard Anthony
Jan 22, 2011 Leonard Anthony rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Probably problematic if you had to wait awhile for it come out and read it without the previous books fresh in your mind, but because I had read all of the previous ones in a row before this one, I liked it.
Nov 18, 2010 Lorelei rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
A bit of a surprising change, to me, from what I've come to expect from a Garrett book. There seems to be an awful lot of chamber pots, as if we've gone from the forties-style writing to the early seventies of hearing the toilet flushing upstairs in 'All in the Family,' -- and making up for lost time. The ending seems like it could be the end of the series but I hope not. Garrett has weathered lifestyle changes before. I'll have to read it again, as I'm sure I missed a lot this first reading. I' ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Nathan rated it really liked it
This book was a real big twist on the Garret Files setting. Garret's character growth doesn't just move forward, it catapults towards the horizon. Every character experiences changes, and Garret's closest supporting staff experiences more than others.

While, like all the Garrett books, this one is an awesome read, there's definitely change for the series in the air. The series is either set up to end soon or change directions pretty dramatically... or at least that's my take.

The changes are consi
Feb 26, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
This book is loads of fun. It is with great sadness that I must admit it to be the only part of the series I've read.

I think of the setting as the logical progression for most fantasy worlds. Magic still dominates, but technology has been invented and utilized. The main character and narrator, the titular Garrett, is a great character because though he lives in a high magic world filled with monsters and mages, he has no inherent power. He gets by with cleverness, allies, and well presented know
Bob Schumaker
I enjoyed this entire series immensely. I grab the next one as soon as I see it!
Peter Card
Dec 21, 2015 Peter Card rated it it was amazing
A turning point for the series, for Garrett, and for the city of Tun Faire
Jun 01, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
This is the thirteenth (?) book in the Garrett series and just as good as the rest. While the story is self-contained, just like the other books in the series, I'd hesitate to have someone start with this one. There's a definite sense that Garrett's career is winding down and possibly moving into a new stage.

If you're a fan of the series, it's very much worth reading. If you're new to the series, then you're better of reading one of the earlier books. You won't be lost reading this one, but ther
Godo Stoyke
Aug 18, 2014 Godo Stoyke rated it it was amazing
Some sloppy grammar, but classic "Garrett, P.I."
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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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