The Drifter (Paperback)
If you're a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher character, you'll want to make the acquaintance of Peter Ash, a skilled but damaged veteran who doesn't let his PTSD and attacks of claustrophobia keep him from trying to help the widow of a Marine friend. Unfortunately, a suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives that's guarded by mean, ugly dog make his good-deed efforts more complicated, and the plot is off and running. Unlike other Reacher wannabes, Ash appears to the real deal and a welcome addition to the 'lone hero' crime thriller genre. More good news - the second book in the series, Burning Bright, has just been published in hardcover.— From The Drifter
"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee Child
*An Edgar Finalist for Best First Novel
An explosive thriller debut introducing Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren't easily left behind...
Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his "white static," the buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars. But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man's widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for: the largest, ugliest, meanest dog he's ever encountered...and a Samsonite suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives. As Ash begins to investigate this unexpected discovery, he finds himself at the center of a plot that is far larger than he could have imagined...and it may lead straight back to the world he thought he'd left for good. Suspenseful and thrilling, and featuring a compelling new hero, The Drifter is an exciting debut from a fresh voice in crime fiction.
Also look for BURNING BRIGHT, available now from Nick Petrie
About the Author
Nicholas Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story "At the Laundromat" won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he runs a home-inspection business in Milwaukee. The Drifter is his first novel.