Collects Steven Brust's "Dragon," which follows assassin Vlad Taltos from his life as a rackets runner in House Jhereg on his quest to find an enchanted weapon for a powerful Dragaeran Dragonlord; and "Issola," in which Vlad is on the run from House Jhereg and encounters a series of strange characters while he hides out in the woods.
House Jhereg, Dragaera's organized crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There's a big price on his head in Draegara City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera--longtime friend, sometime ally--has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime, and there appears to be no one that can help her except Vlad.