Thursday, 18 February 2016

Deadly Quicksilver Lies (seventh novel in the Garrett P.I. series)

(Originally posted on Saturday, 13 March 2010)

When I was looking for this book I found out that this and the previous (6th) book in the Garrett series had not been reprinted, even though the 8th book had already been reprinted. I wanted to read the whole series in an appropriate order, so I bought this book translated to my native language. The cover is pretty good. I think it’s much better than original. Please compare both covers.
My rating: 4/10 (low re-reading value)
Please read my post from April 2009 to find out about my rating.
Please read my post from May 2009 to learn about Glen Cook’s style of writing.

What’s good:
1. Glen Cook’s style of writing, but I must admit that it is weaker than usual. This book was easy to read even though I saw some obvious problems.

What’s bad:
1. Garrett manages to escape from a place he should never be able to escape.
2. There is not so much fighting action.
3. The old characters still change for the worse (see my previous review).
4. One new female character starts out quite strong, but totally falls apart at the end of the book.
5. There is still too little good humour (see my previous review).
6. Some fight toward the end of the book makes little sense for me (maybe the translation is not so good, but I wouldn’t bet on it).
7. The ending is just terrible. I literally missed it! The conclusion about an important bad character is summed up in a couple of vague sentences. After that the Dead Man wakes up and reveals some facts which make the whole story pointless! When I realised it is all over I read the ending again and still couldn’t believe that this is it.

It was hard for me to rate this book. It was easy to read, but I didn’t find any good fighting action and the ending was just terrible. I am a great fan of Glen Cook but this book is not even average. It’s BELOW average and its re-reading value is low.

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