Tear It Down (A Peter Ash Novel #4) (Paperback)

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Marine veteran Peter Ash is off to Memphis to help his girlfriend June’s photojournalist friend Wanda who is receiving death threats. She’s going to need a lot of help – a truck has just crashed into her house. While he’s helping fix the place up (and trying to keep his claustrophobia in control), Peter’s own truck is stolen by a teenager on the run from a heist, only what Eli is running towards might be even more dangerous than the law that he’s running from. I love how each player has their own sense of justice. There’s no way they can all get what they want, and it all plays out with the suspense turned up to maximum decibels, in this latest entry from the author of The Drifter.

— Daniel Goldin

This lightning-paced series continues as Peter Ash gets tangled up in the City of Blues with two new friends and two new sets of problems. This far into the series, you know you’re in good hands with Nick Petrie, and this installment is no different, with a high-wire-act plot he struts through with flair, twisting the strings of two different stories up into one big knot that rolls all around Memphis. Particular to Tear It Down is the strong sense of place and the people who come from it that Petrie translates onto the page. Peter isn’t the only one struggling with the scars of his past here - all the characters in this book are, in their own ways, dealing with the good and evil they’ve inherited, from their family, from their circumstances, and from the land, and Petrie captures a particularly Southern sense of history and the way the past keeps a tight grip on our present lives. His writing about the blues sings, too, sweet and gritty like a worn out, gut bucket beater guitar played on the cracked sidewalk of a crossroad where even the devil forgot to stop by.

— Chris Lee


In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case--and stumbles into a deadlier one--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. But when Peter arrives in Memphis, 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.

About the Author

Nick Petrie is the author of three novels in the Peter Ash series. 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 Whitefish Bay.

Praise For…

“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.”—Publishers Weekly

More Praise for Tear It Down

“Petrie's prose, vivid and almost tactile, is at its loving best in these jazz interludes, writing of a sound 'spontaneous, like water welling up from a spring'....This thriller is all about the thrills, and there are plenty of them.”—Booklist
“Nick Petrie is pitching a perfect game....[The] story is always moving full steam ahead....Peter Ash is fast becoming one of the best characters in the thriller genre, and Tear It Down is another must-read, can’t-miss thriller.”—The Real Book Spy

“A great series, with colorful storytelling and characters who pop right off the page.”—Raleigh News and Observer

Praise for the Peter Ash novels

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

“Reacher fans, especially those who have consumed all of Child’s novels and are thirsting for more, will find Peter Ash to be a more-than-capable substitute. The heroes are cut from the same cloth, and their adventures are action-packed from start to finish.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“I loved every page of this adrenaline-fueled journey. In fact, a beginning chase scene in the redwoods is not only breathtaking, it’s also one of the most original action scenes I’ve read.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Captivating...There are just a few really, really excellent fictional heroes who stimulate the imagination enough to cause readers to stay up until dawn. Peter Ash is one of them.”—Lincoln Journal-Star

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525542148
ISBN-10: 0525542140
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: August 27th, 2019
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: A Peter Ash Novel