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For nearly three decades, the fate of 2,000 american servicemen, missing in action in Vietnam, has remained a mystery. Now, with the ring of a doorbell, the mystery of some is about to be solved.
Smalltown newspaper editor Jason Harper answers his door in the middle of the night to see an oder man, shabbily dressed, with gray hair and a beard. And in a split second, Jason's life turns upside down. The man claims to be Jason's older brother Roy, shot down over North Vietnam in 1972.
Jason's joy at reuniting with his brother is quickly tempered as ruthless killers begin pursuing his family and friends, and as his faith in the man's claims threatens to tear his family apart -- even if they do all make it out alive. Author Brendan DuBois pulls readers along for a harrowing ride on a deadly mission to reveal the truth.
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Brendan DuBois is an award-winning author of short stories and novels. His short fiction has appeared in various publications including Playboy and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, as well as numerous anthologies. He has twice received a Shamus Award for his short fiction and has been nominated for three Edgar Awards. DuBois's long fiction includes three previous books in the Lewis Cole series and Resurrection Day and Six Days, two suspense thrillers. DuBois lives in New Hampshire with his wife Mona.
DuBois, whose Resurrection Day (1999) had JFK's Bay of Pigs debacle actually starting WWIII, sets up another frighteningly plausible scenario in his latest smart and heartbreaking thriller. Suppose a group of Vietnam MIAs had been secretly shipped to the Soviet Union, where intelligence agents grilled them constantly for almost 30 years? What would've happened to these men when the U.S.S.R. fell apart? In DuBois's version, one of them-Capt. Roy Harper, a bomber pilot shot down in 1972-makes it back home to Berwick, Maine, where he promises to tell his younger brother, Jason, the fantastic story. But before he can continue, two heavily armed Russian mercenaries break in, kill the family dog and threaten Jason, his wife, Patty, and six-year-old son, Paul, with a similar fate. Then things get really exciting and fascinatingly believable as the Harper family splinters. Jason goes off with his idolized brother to confront an American official who can prove Roy's story, while the tougher, more pragmatic Patty reluctantly goes into hiding. DuBois has a way of taking stock characters-the endlessly resourceful hired killer, the mother who'll do anything to protect her child-and surprising us with fresh insights into their behavior. As we learn what happened to Roy and his fellow MIAs, and as the Harper brothers try to get the story out to the world via a New Hampshire TV station, readers who lived through the Vietnam era will be hard pressed not to be tightly gripped and moved to tears.
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