While Agent Pendergast and his ward, Constance Green, are waiting for dinner to be prepared, Pendergast purveys a story to Constance from his youth in the French Quarter. The tale focuses on Pendergast's younger brother, Diogenes, at a time when he loses a tooth. According to local legend, Diogenes has to take the tooth and set it in a box on the doorstep of a nearby recluse. Legend says that if you lose a tooth and you do not appease the man with the tooth, he will exact his retribution.
Diogenes is not one to tempt fate, so he makes his way to the recluse's house to make his deposit. But, Pendergast is not convinced and sets out to prove to his younger sibling that the legend of this "tooth fairy" is a lark. What happens is a pivotal point in the complicated relationship between the two brothers and a truly entertaining read indeed. It was such a great short story, I was left wishing it was longer.
I give Extraction ***** out of *****. It's everything a short story should be and then some! Pick it up for your Kindle today -- it's only $0.99!