Jove, August 2002, 6.99, 320 pp.
The small town of Gilchrist in the green hills of Vermont was dying until the townsfolk invited the federal government to build a prison there. The 312 unit Administrative Maximum Penitentiary houses the most hardened prisoners men who have no hope of release, parole or escape. The revenues brought in by the existence of the prison allowed the town to grow and prosper.
After years of solitary confinement, the prisoners revolt and take control of the prison. With the help of loyal ex-cons, the prisoners escape and next take over the town, threatening to release a deadly toxin into two different communities if any counter offensive is attempted. It is up to the people trapped within the town to do what the federal government is helpless to do: seize back their community.
Peter Collinson, a pseudonym for famous thriller writer Chuck Hogan, has written a first class novel of suspense. The thrill of seeing ordinary men and women fight for their freedom will send a patriotic shiver up the spine of the audience. The Northeast kingdom is a top of the line reading experience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner