The Drifter (Peter Ash Novel #1) (Paperback)

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Those of us who like mysteries are always looking for a new series, and Nicholas Petrie has provided one. Last year he wrote The Drifter (now out in paper) about war veteran Peter Ash who has a bad case of 'white noise', a type of PTSD that keeps him mostly out of doors. He wanders and runs into people who need rescuing and picks up a few friends who help him out, all vets who don't fit into any mold. Just out is Burning Bright, the second Ash thriller. It covers everything from tree climbing in the redwoods to cyber warfare--with a fascinating red-head thrown into the mix. The writing is spare and moves at speed (you really want to sit and read it all at once, so be warned). I highly recommend both titles and I am not the only one. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series, says that Peter Ash is the real deal.

— Edie


The first explosive thriller featuring Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren't easily left behind...

"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee Child

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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425283257
ISBN-10: 0425283259
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Peter Ash Novel