By Glen Cook
This is a fantasy noir detective series by the author of “The Black Company”. Definitely a different direction for Cook. These books are campy and light humor stories. Think Mike Hammer goes to Ank Morpork. The novels are set in the city of Tun Fair, which is part of the kingdom of Karenta. They have been at war for generations in the Cantard against the Venagetti. The Cantard is a tropical-jungle island, with similarities to Cooks’ own Vietnam experiences. The island is between the two nations shores and they are fighting for control over it’s rich silver mines. Silver is the most valuable metal in this fantasy world because it is needed to fuel sorcery.В Every human male is required to serve 5 years of military service. All the adult males in town are veterans. Garret is an ex-marine scout who would be much happier drinking stout, sleeping and chasing redheads. Unfortunately people around him keep trying to make him work. These books are short and easy to read with interesting fun characters. I tend to read them as a break in between installments of heavier novels. There are 13 novels in the series. Metaplots do arc through the series but each book stands on it’s own and doesn’t need the previous books for it to make sense and be thoroughly enjoyable.