In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from national bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case--and stumbles into another--in the City of the Blues.
Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who's been receiving peculiar threats. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, he finds the situation has gone downhill fast--someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda's living room. But neither Wanda nor Peter can figure out why.
At the same time, a young homeless street musician finds himself roped into a plan to rob a jewelry store. The heist doesn't go as planned, and the young man finds himself holding a sack full of Rolexes and running for his life. When his getaway car breaks down, he steals a new one at gunpoint--Peter's 1968 green Chevrolet pickup truck.
Peter likes the skinny kid's smarts and attitude, but he soon discovers that the desperate musician is in far worse trouble than he knows. And Wanda's troubles are only beginning. Peter finds himself stuck between Memphis gangsters--looking for Rolexes and revenge--and a Mississippi ex-con and his hog-butcher brother looking for a valuable piece of family history that goes all the way back to the Civil War.
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Peter Ash, the Iraq war veteran turned everyday hero, is back for a fourth time, and the humanity beneath his steady competence is as endearing as ever. While Ash is working to get a handle his PTSD, he’s also trying to help a woman who’s suffering mysterious and violent harassment. When Ash himself falls victim to a crime, it becomes clear that these two apparently unrelated problems are the work of organized criminals. Nick Petrie has created a brooding and brilliant hero in Ash—a strong contrast to his wild and unscrupulous foes. Tear It Down is a high-intensity thriller that will turn newbies to the series into lifelong fans.
Thriller Award winner Petrie's gripping fourth Peter Ash novel (after 2018's Light It Up) takes the war vet to Memphis at the behest of girlfriend June Cassidy. June is concerned that her friend Wanda Wyatt, a former war photographer who's even more psychologically damaged than Peter, is in danger. Peter soon ascertains that's the case when Wanda's ramshackle home is bulldozed by a garbage truck. Wanda refuses to vacate the ruined house even after a nighttime machine gun assault. But what do her attackers, two ex-con brothers, want? Meanwhile, 15-year-old homeless blues guitarist Eli Bell gets roped into a disastrous jewelry store heist by some fellow wastrels and goes on the run. When Eli steals Peter's pickup truck at gunpoint, the inveterate do-gooder Peter decides to help the imperiled kid anyway. While logic sometimes takes a holiday as these dual stories unspool, and the finale's high-speed car chase strains credulity, there's no denying that Petrie is hell on wheels at mounting lethal action face-offs. A close cousin to Lee Childs's more analytical Jack Reacher, Peter Ash is one of today's more exciting action heroes. Author tour.
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I like this series. Good pace, interesting story lines, good characters. The aftermath of the big finish was thoroughly not believable. Yes, some suspension of disbelief is required, but when it goes too far, it’s disappointing.
May be the worst last 100 pages I have ever read. I thought I had found a new author but then reality set in. Just awful.
More of a fairy tale than a thriller
... and not in a good way.
This author built from a flawed-but-promising debut in some solid follow-up novels. I thought maybe I’d found my new regular, a writer who still had the fire that Lee Child had before he got rich, seasonal, and lazy. Alas.
This book is a big step back. The fundamentals are mostly still there which saves it from two stars, but the plot and character motivations are sad and shallow, and while the writing shines in places it’s just as likely to be hackneyed and predictable in others.
This should have been a good book. This could have been a good book. Instead it’s a step back for the author, and reads like a press release issued by conventional modern notions of righteousness.