Deceit plays a role in all four pieces, and in the erudite second, "Law and Order," a pair of identical twins-first-year law students Hendrik and Florian-are divided by a Svengali-like professor about whom rumors of war crimes swirl. When Hendrik decamps with his girlfriend, Florian beats a hasty retreat for the companionship of his professor and another acolyte. A reasonable scenario except for those nasty rumors-and the guns that Hendrik finds in his brother's room.
In the third novella, "The Colonel and Judy O'Grady," the acquaintance between an Irishwoman turned Buddhist and a military officer in India is revealed, complete with an O'Henryesque twist. And Stevenson's final piece in the collection, "Crossing the Water," assembles a group of Brits at a friend's country home. Emboldened by goblets full of claret, they contrive to burgle a painting from a neighbor, with archly humorous results.
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