What a pleasure it is to read a novel by an author who not only knows what he is doing and how to bring it off, but also remembers that people mostly read novels for enjoyment. Trio is a comic novel, even Puckish – “Lord, what fools these mortals be”; yet one which recognizes that life is not necessarily comic to those who live it. Even the foolish and self-deluded feel pain. Boyd has always recognized that life is tragic-comic, rich in self-deception. One remembers that he has adapted two of Chekhov’s stories for the stage.