For those who haven’t discovered the next breakout thriller writer, he’s been hiding in plain sight in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. The Drifter has proven to be one of the best-reviewed mysteries of 2016, with David Baldacci saying, “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.”
Now Petrie’s back with a novel that takes Marine Vet Peter Ash from the high Sierras of California to the tech mecca of Seattle. This is a classic chase novel, with Peter deciding to help a journalist on the run from folks after her mom’s technological breakthrough. The great Lee Child said, “Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal.”
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Boswellian Todd Wellman has this to say about Burning Bright: “A worthy companion to Petrie's The Drifter, Burning Bright reminds us that we care more about a hunt when we hear the potential victims' beating hearts. Military veteran Peter Ash runs into June Cassidy in the upper reaches of redwood trees, and from there, the two find themselves in an increasing amount of trouble as some very persistent men hunt them in hopes of obtaining a software skeleton key with the potential to shift the balance of world power. Fresh and movie-ready, Burning Bright feels like the kind of thriller we've been looking for--a serious buddy-film vibe with a romantic twist meets envy-inducing settings meet dangers that push but don't break the edges of believability. While a chase novel in spades, the book invites continued reading through a combination of compelling main characters, distributed action, and read-all-night pacing.”