Smartly, Light It Up brings back supporting characters from the first two Peter Ash books to provide a team to root for. The crimes in the third novel seem simple at first: A well-organized party is robbing a cannabis grower's cash-rich security trucks. But sophisticated, realistic secrets at work in the background make this movie-ready thriller rise above the smoke screen and the common beach read. Delectable research gives authenticity to the Colorado growing scene, antique and contemporary weapons trade, and real-estate espionage. Importantly, the book isn't political about legalized drugs--it tells a story without preaching. As is a hallmark of the series, attention to the difficulties service members face when returning home from combat is notable.
Todd Wellman, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Marine vet Peter Ash goes to Denver to help out Henry Nygaard, a buddy he met in the Northwest. Henry’s daughter has a protection company, helping cannabis growers protect their hauls in what, due to the lack of legal status on the federal level, is mostly an all-cash business. The problem is that one of Heavy Metal Protections trucks has disappeared, along with one of the owners and the operations manager, so Henry, Peter, and two other vets are called in for extra security on the next run. Let’s just say things don’t go well, and Peter not only has to figure out what happened, but also must avenge some deaths. Peter’s code of honor puts looking out for your buddies a top priority and that theme runs throughout the book, playing out both positively and negatively. But don’t let thematic undertones scare you into thinking Light It Up isn’t all about excitement. The story is one action-packed scene after the next, to the extent that I was holding on to my book so tightly that I ripped out a chunk of a page!— Daniel Goldin
"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee Child In this action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado's mellowest business, but Ash may find there's more to this crime than meets the eye. Combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon to help his good friend Henry Nygaard, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. Henry's son-in-law and the company's operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace, leaving Henry's daughter and her company vulnerable. When Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he's guarding comes under attack and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the assaults escalate, Peter has to wonder: for criminals this sophisticated, is it really just about the cash? After finding himself on the defensive for too long, Peter marshals his resources and begins to dig for the truth in a scheme that is bigger--and far more lucrative--than he'd ever anticipated. With so much on the line, his enemy will not give up quietly . . . and now he has Peter directly in his sights.
About the Author
Nick 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. His previous novels in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, winner of the ITW Thriller Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and Burning Bright.