April 28, 1997 12:00 PM

booze brings the man a dark night of the soul that includes a bitter argument with his wife and a near-violent encounter with his clean-cut, morally superior neighbor. Such menace abounds in these stories.

Stone, one of contemporary fiction’s big talents, probes his characters to their existential core. At stake in these dazzling stories is nothing less than his characters’ very souls. (Houghton Mifflin, $24)

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