TUNES OF GLORY (211 pp.)James KennawayHarper ($3).
As anyone knows who has ever been blackjacked on the vulnerable emotions by a Highland piper, the Scots have a talent for misery second only to that of the Irish themselves.
This first novel by Scots Author James Kennaway is a tartan tragedy with comic and eerie overtones like drunken laughter heard through a mist and haunting as the sound of army boots on wet cobbles.
In icy barracks somewhere in Scotland's dour landscape, a battalion of Highlanders is waging a pretty grim peace under the command of Colonel Jock Sinclair.
Jock had bravely led the battalion in...