Introduced by audiobook and podcast narrator John Meagher, whose short fiction narrations have appeared in BCS (BCS 133: No Sweeter Art by Tony Pi), Cast of Wonders, Escape Pod, Podcastle, and Pseudopod among others, admiring the story’s non-traditional approach to assassin protagonists.
The garrote was made of fine silk laced with steel wire, designed to choke bloodlessly. Its ends were looped to small grips of cherry wood. Otranto had crafted it himself over a period of three weeks, designing for speed and efficacy. Still, the target was thrashing hard enough that the smooth handles were biting his palms. He drew harder.