WHAT people are saying about Nick Petrie
one of apple's "ten writers to read" in 2017.
"Peter Ash...[is] the kind of decent, damaged, and dangerous-when-necessary action hero we enjoy. Petrie's maturity, humility, and wit glide through his heart-pounding plots -- his novels are smart page-turners for adults." -- iBooks
Praise for Burning Bright
Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" -- January 13, 2017
"Burning Bright solidifies Petrie’s place among the best thriller writers working today. Petrie gives us characters we love, warts and all, and there is a true sense of forward propulsion to his action-packed tale. Peter Ash is a hero for today and Burning Bright puts Petrie in the company of Lee Child and Robert Ludlum.” -- Indie Next Great Reads, the American bookseller's Association. Review written by William Carl, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
"Readers can expect some good twists on the way to a hair-raising finish. Another fine thriller in what's shaping up to be a hall of a series." -- Kirkus Starred Review, reserved for "Books of Exceptional Merit"
"This sequel to The Drifter (2016) continues to note the plight of veterans returning from war as it highlights the perils of advances in artificial intelligence. But most of all it’s a suspenseful high-tech ride, complete with a steadily mounting body count and a compelling protagonist." -- Booklist Starred Review
"A top-notch series of thrillers marked by a considerable sympathy for veterans. Peter [Ash] may be a technophobe, but the drones and artificial intelligence devices he encounters are state of the art -- and very scary. But then, so is he. Aficionados of Lee Child's Jack Reacher will enjoy getting to know this new action hero." -- Library Journal
iBooks pick for "Best Books of January 2017"
"In this second novel in the Peter Ash series, Petrie cements himself as a must-read thriller writer and a sure bet for those readers...who desire an action-packed, suspenseful read." -- Pop Goes Fiction
"Petrie’s hero Peter Ash is a damaged character, yet restless and capable…his new endeavor in Burning Bright is indeed refreshing!" -- Mystery Tribune
Praise for The Drifter
"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie’s Peter Ash is the real deal. He’s an Iraq and Afghanistan vet, fixing a widow’s porch, under which he finds a savage dog and a suitcase full of money and plastic explosives. The writing is terse and tense, full of wisdom and insight, and the plot is irresistible." -- Lee Child
“As I was reading Petrie’s exceptional debut, O’Brien’s [The Things They Carried] buzzed at the edges of my consciousness, casting the newer book as a thematic sequel to O’Brien’s classic. . . The Drifter may be about a different war, but it’s about the same hell, and in this book it’s about the things a vet carries home with him. . . . [The] lean prose, gritty descriptions, and raw psychological depth give the novel a feel that reminded me of early Dennis Lehane.”—Carole Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“A gripping, beautifully written novel.” —Huffington Post
“A page-turner with a shout-out to vets everywhere, The Drifter is a first-class crime novel set in a second-tier city with plenty of third-rate lowlifes.” —Shelf Awareness
“The Drifter is a stunning debut. Peter Ash is one of the most complex characters I've come across in a long time. The pace is like a sniper round, extraordinarily fast and precisely calibrated. The prose is fluid, original and frequently brilliant, the story heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. There is grit in this tale that will stay with you for a long time. Perhaps forever. I eagerly await Nicholas Petrie's next creation." —David Baldacci, New York Times-bestselling author of The Guilty
"A powerful, empathetic, and entertaining tale about the plight many combat veterans face when they come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Top-notch storytelling." -- Kirkus Starred Review, reserved for "Books of exceptional merit"
“[Peter Ash’s] sharply intelligent, witty voice strikes the right tone for an honest exploration of the challenges returning veterans face, and while this wandering veteran will remind some of Jack Reacher, Peter’s struggle to overcome PTSD sets him apart. An absorbing thriller debut with heart.”—Booklist
“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.”—Publishers Weekly
"Nicholas Petrie's The Drifter is not just a gripping thriller, it is also a trenchant exploration of the shattered lives of returning veterans. Peter Ash's penetrating, perceptive voice strikes just the right note for an honest exploration of the challenges men and women face returning from war. This is a heartfelt debut." - Open Letters Monthly
“Petrie’s impressive debut thriller is fine tuned, the action gripping, and through Ash offers a well-drawn portrait of a vet who can’t escape his combat experience. Like Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, Ash’s philosophy of detection is to poke a stick into something and see what happens. His discoveries will keep the reader on edge and whet the appetite for more from this author.”—Library Journal
“The Drifter follows the compelling story of one former Marine’s struggle to reacclimate himself to civilian life while honoring his commitment to a fallen soldier. That alone is reason to keep reading, but Petrie amps up the stakes in surprising fashion, creating a story that is moving, thrilling and satisfying on every level. . . . [An] intimate story of personal discovery as well as an obsessive pageturner of a book.”—BookPage
“With The Drifter, Nicholas Petrie has written just about the perfect thriller. I haven't read such a well-crafted and gripping story in a month of Sundays. If this is Petrie's first novel, watch out for the second one. But why wait? This one's here now, and it's a home run.” —John Lescroart, New York Times-bestselling author of The Fall
“A tangled tale of intrigue, action, and adventure with a battle-scarred hero who definitely rises to the challenge. The clever plot is firmly conceived and crisp writing makes this a terrific story, told terrifically.” —Steve Berry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Patriot Threat
“Nicholas Petrie's The Drifter has one of the most thrilling openings I've ever read, involving a dank crawlspace, the nastiest, smelliest dog in creation, and a former Marine lieutenant still suffering from the trauma of his war. It can't get better than this, I figured, but it does. Petrie's novel keeps accelerating even as it burrows ever deeper into the dark heart of the new American dream. It is a sterling debut. And yes, the dog is a star.” —William Lashner, New York Times-bestselling author of The Barkeep
“A timely, intelligent thriller, as much an indictment as a gripping page-turner. Nicholas Petrie’s debut simmers and seethes until it finally boils over in a masterfully-drawn final showdown. Teeming with grit and desperation and told in spare, vivid prose, this is not a debut you’ll want to miss.” —Owen Laukkanen, author of The Stolen Ones