Where are you heading?' Leo replied 'Where do you need to go?' He got in, wondering how she knew about the loss, then they drove into the night and whatever was waiting there. 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.
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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.