I read this book about 11-Jul-2007. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1994. This note was last modified Monday, 16-Jul-2007 19:12:35 PDT.
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Orient is "the finder"; he finds things. If you ask him where something is, he's pulled that direction until he either finds it, or he ignores it long enough (which is uncomfortable). So of course the police want to use him again, and he really didn't like the last time.
Seems like the big character development took place on the Elven side; Tick-Tick dies, and her brother comes to claim her body, but decides to attend the funeral in Bordertown instead.
Orient is left rather up in the air, and without his partner. He clearly has some aversion to getting involved in the plice (and I'm still kinda uncertain what funding model those police operate under).
The basic mystery content is pretty good; I found the surprises adequately surprising and quite believable, and the pace of revelation worked out okay. It was a lot of fun.
This is probably the only book so far that has cover quotes from Neil Gaiman and my wife Pamela Dean. Plus a Kirkus review.