SUMMARY: The protagonist, a troubled and embittered Vietnam veteran, is a photojournalist for a struggling wire service. In 1986, he takes a photograph of a rock star. The next morning, three different callers claim the same man in the photo's background is a long-missing relative and an MIA from the Vietnam War. The hero and the callers search for the mystery man, meet resistance from the White House, and uncover a horrific plot. The book is rich with gritty detail (fatal F-4 fighter jet mission, massacre at My Lai, POW fantasies, Challenger space shuttle explosion) gleaned from period literature and interviews with families of MIAs, former POWs, and military experts. And it features quirky characters like a flaky, hyper-sexed divorcee who, despite numerous affairs/marriages, still yearns for her MIA first husband ... an overweight forensic anthropologist with a world-class mind, major-league body odor, and a big-time crush on the divorcee ... and a grieving father having unresolved anger toward his missing son, and most everyone else. This novel will test your emotions and patriotism. You may alternately laugh, cry, seethe, and be rocked with blindside twists. FEEDBACK FROM EDITORS, AUTHORS, NY PUBLISHERS: "e;Terrific piece of work well-written and researched ... quality action scenes ... can't miss beautifully done compelling adventure ... accomplished novel ... fascinating thriller eminently publishable left a lump in my throat ... I have read bestsellers not this good."e; WILL APPEAL TO: Veterans, military history lovers, conspiracy buffs, and Baby Boomers, the only generation ever to go to war and return to jeers instead of cheers.