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The River King

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Bob Romano, author of the Rangeley Region fly-fishing novels, returns to the western Maine in THE RIVER KING, but this time with a cast of new characters.


From an early age, Harry Duncan gravitated toward his grandfather and great uncle, men who learned to fly fish on the highland rivers of their Scottish homeland. While Harry’s parents struggle against their demons, the two older men generously impart their knowledge of western Maine’s lakes, ponds and streams to the young boy


Born out of wedlock, Thelma Louise Shannon, Harry’s “friend-with-benefits,” works behind the bar at Sparky’s Tavern while dreaming of the day she’ll leave behind the tannin-stained ponds and sun-speckled streams that Harry has grown to love.


Donnie Gilroy is obsessed with catching a brook trout as big as the one he lost as a young boy on account of two anglers “from away.” This leads Harry’s best friend to declare war on anyone fishing his home waters, a war that eventually impacts his life and the lives of his friends in ways they never imagined.


Known as Petey Boy to his friends, Peter Jordan’s mind has never caught up with his body. As a result, Harry, Donnie, and Thelma Louise must protect the young man with special needs from the outside world, at least until now.



“Romano so captures the essence of my favorite Maine haunts that I almost drove up to check. Highly recommended reading.” — Kathy Scott, author of Moose in the Water/Bamboo on the Bench, Headwaters Fall as Snow, Changing Planes, and Brook Trout Forest. 


“Bob Romano once again nails it when it comes to an engaging tale about small-town rural Maine. Romano knows how to skillfully weave a tale that combines a story of people’s workaday struggles with thoughtful character development and a razor sharp sense of place.” — V. Paul Reynolds, editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal and author of Maine Deer Hunter’s Logbook and Backtrack.

ISBN: 9780963310965

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