The Runaway (A Peter Ash Novel #7) (Hardcover)

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There are Nick Petrie thrillers that have complicated plots and lots of players, but The Runaway is pretty straightforward - Peter tries to help a young woman who escaped from an abusive convenience store owner into the arms of the trucker, only to find her savior is a sociopath robbing second homes. The violence is a little more graphic than in some of the other adventures, which could be a plus or minus, depending on the reader. And for those who need to catch their breath, there’ll be no such thing this time out - it’s edge of the seat, all the way through! 

— Daniel Goldin

The latest Peter Ash thriller is Nick Petrie’s take on a Western shoot ‘em up, complete with daring river escapes, chases across the plains, and a big shootout finale. Ash stops to help a stranded woman on a dirt road in Nebraska, a task which quickly becomes absurdly arduous. The novel has long, tense drives interspersed with pit stops for crime and violence that remind me of the long hauls that tied together some of James Crumley’s legendary books. And where Petrie started the series focused on a visceral depiction of Ash’s PTSD, he’s expanded in the recent books to the minds of the baddies, poking around dark corners to discover from whence violence and evil springs. Lucky for us (and the bystanders who get caught up in his adventures), the only thing Peter Ash hates more than the indiscriminate killing that follows him around like a Charlie Brown rain cloud of death is letting bad men get away with abusive, evil acts. The Runaway is a series highlight, a stripped down and lean action movie on the page.

— Chris Lee


"Petrie has a preternatural talent for ratcheting up suspense."--New York Times Book Review
When Peter Ash rescues a stranded woman, he finds she’s in far deeper trouble than he could ever imagine in the powerful new thriller in this bestselling and award-winning series.

War veteran Peter Ash is driving through northern Nebraska when he encounters a young pregnant woman alone on a gravel road, her car dead. Peter offers her a lift, but what begins as an act of kindness soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the lonely highways with the woman’s vicious ex-cop husband hot on their trail. The pregnant woman has seen something she was never meant to see . . . but protecting her might prove to be more than Peter can handle.
In order to save the woman and himself, Peter must use everything he has learned during his time as a Marine, including his knowledge of human nature, in order to escape a ruthless killer with instincts and skills that match—and perhaps exceed—Peter’s own.

About the Author

Nick Petrie is the author of six novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently The Breaker. His debut, The Drifter, won both the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett Awards. A husband and father, he lives in the Milwaukee area.

Praise For…

"Explosive and engaging! Fasten your seatbelt, this is going to be a wild ride."--Lisa Gardner

"Each book is richer. Each new Peter Ash novel is deeper and more complex than the last. Nick Petrie raises the bar with each new book and every time exceeds himself."--Robert Crais

“The result is another violent, fast-paced thriller in this action-packed series."--Associated Press

"The Runaway laces a tense thriller with wry humor."--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Downright frightening fun...This is one hellacious ride for crime fiction fans."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Nail-biting ...Shifting points of view serve to heighten the suspense. This adrenaline-fueled ride will keep readers turning the pages."--Publishers Weekly

"There's an emotional intensity here that's new and startling....Petrie creates fully fleshed, likable people only to blow them away in explosions of blood and bone, and the book itself seems to vibrate from the shock. This is a lava-flow of action, and a rich reading experience as well."--Booklist

“The plot is clever and tight which leads readers on an edge-of-your-seat adventure.  With vivid world building that felt believable, this novel had a strong sense of place.”--Mystery and Suspense Magazine

"Nick Petrie knows how to deliver a memorable narrative with exciting scenes and realistic action."--Deadly Pleasures

"Peter Ash is a different kettle of action and attitude. This [book], the seventh of this series, seems to me the best so far, which is saying a lot."--Sullivan County Democrat

Praise for the Peter Ash Series

“Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Peter Ash is the real deal.”—Lee Child

“Nonstop action at a machine gun pace.”—C.J. Box

“The hype about Nick Petrie is real- he's just that damn good!"—Mark Greaney

"If you’re not already on the Peter Ash train, jump aboard now. Nick Petrie is doing headliner work.”—Robert Crais

“For me, no crime-fiction character has ever measured up to Jack Reacher—until, that is, I met Peter Ash.”—Entertainment Weekly

 “Nick Petrie proves himself to be a maestro, wielding his keyboard with all the deftness of a master conductor’s baton.”—Providence Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525535508
ISBN-10: 0525535500
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: January 18th, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: A Peter Ash Novel