Not really a novella, but a short story. I actually felt that it could’ve stood to be longer, and more fleshed-out. Too much of the brief piece was taken up with providing a quick ‘cliff’s-notes-style’ back story for readers who haven’t yet read McGann’s “Ancient Appetites.” I have read the novel, so I didn’t need the background; but if I hadn’t, I think it still would’ve felt rushed and infodump-y.
The story itself is a kidnapping-adventure. An unscrupulous ‘travelling salesman’ takes advantage of an intriguing device to capture a woman, with the goal of finding out just what it is that makes the Wildenstern family so special.
Recommended for those who’ve read other Wildenstern stories, and are interested in a quick ancillary read.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Open Road Media for the opportunity to read.