A defecting genetic scientist wants the mercenary heroes to get tissue samples off his captured super-soldier werewolf first.
BOOK REVIEW LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD LABYRINTH 1989 Baen Books
After Ethan Of Athos had Miles Vorkisigan, in his guise as mercenary Admiral Miles Naismith, sending his agent Elli Quinn to the anything for a price world, Jackson’s Hole, Labyrinth sees Miles himself assigned to a mission to the same world, without Quinn.
Naismith’s mission is to help liberate a leading defecting genetic scientist during a trade fair run by the various crime lords on Jackson’s Hole. Miles, accompanied by a hermaphrodite, Bel Thorne, poses as a seeker of curios and a potential buyer at the trade fair in this dynamic action packed novella.
Thorne, him / herself seen by some as unique enough to wish to buy, takes a shine to an expensive exhibit, a genetically created woman with arms where her legs should be, who plays a strange dulcimer instrument beautifully.
Miles makes contact with the geneticist, who complicates his own escape by demanding that Miles captures a cell sample from some unspecified entity trapped in a labyrinthine dungeon at Jackson’s Hole.
The attempt to reach this creature goes disastrously wrong and Miles is captured, and forced to share a cell with the creature he hoped to get a genetic sample of – she is a slavering eight-foot tall genetically generated werewolf who can never turn human. Miles has two choices – be eaten, or make love to her to gain her friendship.
The surprising way he gets out of the extreme dilemma is awesome, but you’ll have to read the story to find out.