The quietly professional touch of David Walker will be familiar to readers of popular magazine fiction in this collection of his best short stories. ""Almost all concern man in, man with, and man against the natural world."" Mr. Walker loves this world and knows it well....Scotland, his boyhood home, India, and the Canadian Arctic especially. Eskimes like Peter Avakana in ""The New and the Old"" and the Scot Geordie in ""Highland Games"" (here we find a stalk of corn in the heather) will be remembered by fans, and the author's favorite, Marcus Finigan, the Irish rapscallion who shoots tigers in India, appears twice. Life is here, as seen by a civilized and thoughtful gentleman, somewhat surprising, somewhat and, attractive enough to get one through. There are no histrionics. The breathing is shallow but regular, and the pulse is strong. The novel form (Mr. Walker has written seven) allows greater depth and flexibility, but here is pleasant reading.