Romanno Bridge Paperback
by Andrew Greig
A motorcyclist with a stolen ring walks into Rothiemurchus Forest until he finds a quiet place to die.
A woman with an eventful past has signed the Official Secrets Act and gone to Dumfries to forget a man and keep out of trouble.
In comfortable Crieff, a retired historian publishes an obscure article on the survival of the Stone of Destiny then has his throat cut.
A man with a long blade in a tan holster under his suit, a fondness for bird-watching, and memories of his short-lived Punk band Anger Management, has taken a commission to retrieve an object so valuable and mythic it might not exist.
A rugby-playing half-Maori named Leo Nagotoa stands in the sleet by Romanno Bridge in the Scottish Borders, trying to thumb a lift when his Destiny slithers up alongside him.
The hunt for the crowning stone of the Dalriadic kings, the Stone of Scone - is worth enough to make life cheap for some and dear to others - has begun. Some of the cast of The Return of John Macnab are back, but the times and the mood have changed. Romanno Bridge is a wintry thriller, an entertainment, a quest and an exploration of contemporary themes of fakes, frauds, copies, and a struggle to find the Real Thing, wherever and whatever it might be.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/10/2008
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781847245618
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Review by CarltonC
I enjoyed this finely written adventure/thriller, but had not read The Return of John McNab, which may have added depth to the characters.The author writes from a number of viewpoints, which are mainly successful, but on a couple of occasions the narrative stops entirely and the author interjects about writing a story set back in the dying days of the twentieth century. Although these asides did make me think about when the story was taking place, they did not feel of a piece with the rest of the novel. This is a minor quibble.The weakness is in that there is a lot of helpful coincidence throughout the book, which can work in a literary novel, but which I felt was contrived in a thriller, where I expected a better resolution.I now want to go and read more by Andrew Greig, so overall a thumbs up for the author, with reservations for this particular novel.
Review by bodachliath
I don't often read thrillers and adventure stories, but this is a rather superior one. Andrew Greig is a versatile writer and poet with a love of all things Scottish - the hills, its history and writers like John Buchan. This book brings together characters from his earlier update of a Buchan story, The Return of John Macnab, and various legends surrounding the Stone of Scone. It is page turner with a feeling for character, landscape, whisky, music, language, history, humour and thoughtful asides, that make you forgive the melodrama.