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.
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Peter Ash can't sleep unless he can see the stars. A war vet suffering from PTSD, he’s been living in the woods until news of a fellow Marine’s death forces him back into society. Passionate, suspenseful, and intricately plotted, Nicholas Petrie's debut novel follows Peter’s quest to unravel the mystery behind his friend's suicide—and a briefcase loaded with explosives and $400,000. Pulling us into a tangled web of shadowy characters from the underworld, the financial sector, and law enforcement, The Drifter lingered with us, leaving us to ponder big issues like veterans' rights and domestic terror.
This strong thriller from debut author Petrie begins on the mean streets of Milwaukee, Wis. Marine veteran Peter Ash spent eight years fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan; now he's a civilian suffering from PTSD. Ash's first order of business after mustering out of the service is to help Dinah, the widow of Jimmy Johnson, a Marine buddy who committed suicide after returning home. While rescuing a huge stray mutt living under Dinah's ramshackle porch, Ash discovers a hidden suitcase containing $400,000 and plastic explosives. Dinah pleads ignorance, but Ash becomes skeptical after an armed, scarred man accosts him at the house. It all seems to revolve around a mysterious man in a "black canvas chore coat," whose surreptitious goal is to secure several thousand pounds of ammonium nitrate, a potentially explosive substance. Petrie's expertly paced plot sets a colorful array of characters on a collision course. Readers will look forward to seeing more of the resourceful Ash.