[These notes were made in 1985:]. A series of short stories - perhaps novel ideas which didn't seem capable of bearing the full treatment. The formulas become very clear in these compressed versions of the usual story. We have several instances of the SP and his gang masquerading as Republican law officers and thus forestalling the real arrests. We have at least one 'traitor in the band' story (not nearly as interesting as the novel-length one). But it's not a bad read, and a certain variety is introduced by the use of a couple of different narrative voices - a "deposition" by a citizeness duped by the SP; a first-person narrative by one of his escaped "clients."