Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
Stevenson published this collection of his early fiction in 1882, after the pieces had appeared in various magazines. The first half features two popular detective-story cycles, The Suicide Club and The Rajah's Diamonds, which deal with a macabre secret society and the intrigues and escapades involving exotic jewels. The second half brings together unrelated pieces, including the seminal 'The Pavilion on the Links' - described by Conan Doyle as "the first short story in the world" - which is set in a cottage surrounded by quicksand and tells the story of two old friends who become rivals for the affection of a woman.
The prolific author of seminal works such as Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 94) remains one of the most enduringly popular storytellers in the English language.