The recent release of "Cruel Zinc Melodies" as the latest volume of Glen Cook's series (Sweet Silver Blues, Bitter Gold Hearts, Cold Copper Tears, Old Tin Sorrows, Dread Brass Shadows, Red Iron Nights, Deadly Quicksilver Lies, Petty Pewter Gods, Faded Steel Heat, Angry Lead Skies, Whispering Nickel Idols) is nothing less than a cause for celebration in this cynic's household. Think in terms of Phillip Marlowe transplanted to a post-WWII version of Tolkien with a distinct noire flavor combined with a heaping helping of satire and more than a few insights into the human condition for spice.
Private Investigator (and veteran of the Cantard Wars) Garrett investigates the good, the bad, and the ugly with a medley of friends and associates washed up on the grayer beaches of life. Dragons, godlings, necromancers, and gnolls (the offspring of a troll and a gnome) keep Garrett's life interesting, when he's not chasing the ladies.
A good read, each and every one of them.