Short stories by a writer who has built np a succes d'estime in his field. March at his best packs a punch, but the stories which seem leashed, spare, blunt in their simplicity, are twice as moving. There are stories of all types here -- southern regional stories, war pieces (remember his Company K stuff?), contemporary, childhood fragments, etc. For characteristic examples, try Nine Prisoners. The Listening Post (an allegory of Christ in the trenches), The First Dime, The Last Meeting. Save for one or two where March rants a little, they are moving, sobering stories of lost people, with effective use of the shock ending, and great skill in writing.