So, Steph Broadribb has put out a short story pre-quel to one of my favorite debuts of the year, Deep Down Dead -- which is numbered 1, so there's likely more on the way. The Last Resort is a short story that gives a glance into the early days of Lori's training to be a bounty hunter, and an early case she worked.
Let me start with the reasons I didn't want to read this (keep reading, or skip this if you want to get to the positives): I don't typically like prequels, especially prequels that tread the same ground as the original stories. Deep Down Dead talks about Lori's training, about the relationship she has with her trainer -- and I liked the way it did that. I didn't want this to take anything away from the way Broadribb opened up the relationship throughout the novel.
Here's why I'm glad I read it: It. Rocked.
While that's all I need to say, I should expand a bit: Lori's a rookie, she makes rookie mistakes, but she's got the same heart, the same moxie, and (probably more importantly) Broadribb writes with the same panache and apparent sadistic glee in seeing her creation get beat up. And, it doesn't trample anything from the novel. So forget about that objection/caution.
This is listed everywhere as 55 pages -- it's not. There's some promotional material/samples of Deep Down Dead and the like. I'm not sure exactly how long it is -- but it's pretty unimportant. You're not going to put it down once you start and it'll be too short. Even if it was 55 pages, it'd be too short. Because once you step into Lori Anderson's world, you don't want to leave. Fast and furious, this'll help readers remember why thy fell for Lori -- or will convince new readers that they need go get the novel. Either way, it's a win.