Books: Smugglers, Ahoy!

MOON FLEET (247 pp.)—J. Meade Falkner—Little, Brown ($3).

"I do desire a book of adventure," Robert Louis Stevenson once complained, "a romance—and no man will get or write me one ... A book, I guess, like Treasure Island, alas! which I have never read, and cannot though I live to ninety. I would God that someone else had written it!"

Stevenson died four years too soon. In 1898, a London publisher brought out just the book he was asking for. Moonfleet was its title, and it was the second novel of a tutor-turned-private-secretary named John...

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