Fergus Kintrey is a small-town bookseller in Vermont. With a failed marriage, a recurring drink problem, even a period of his life he cannon remember, he might as well wear a big sign marked 'Loser'. Luckily - or unluckily - for him, he also possesses a photographic memory...
Soon after receiving a mysterious e-mail containing simply a list of names and addresses, he is visited by the FBI - and immediately the killing starts. Forced onto the run with his girlfriend Kelly, Fergus is branded a public enemy... Everywhere he goes, people die brutally.
Meanwhile in Nevada, gifted test-pilot Harry Sixsmith is feeling bored and restless. With nowhere to go but the same endless grey corridors, he desperately wants to fly again. But he's been temporarily grounded after breaking the rules while out flying a top-secret aircraft. Unfortunately Harry hasn't learned his lesson and soon will find himself in even bigger trouble.
As 'Mad Dog Killer' Kintry continues his corpse-strewn rampage across New England, he decides his only hope is to trace the source of that fateful e-mail. And Harry increasinly realizes that something's very wrong with his own world, for his superiors will stop at nothing to conceal the truth.
As inexorably the paths of these two desperate misfits converge - while they uncover secrets beyond their imaginings - their final chance of survival will depend on the most awesome air-show the world has ever seen.
Original title: Welcome to the 51st State
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ A Miscellany