The Breaker (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Peter Ash is back, and by that, I don’t mean back for another round of scrape-defying, conspiracy-unraveling, people-saving adventure, though that is also the case. He’s back in Milwaukee, the city of The Drifter, the series opener. It starts with a call to help, when Peter and Lewis spot a rifle-toting baddie heading into the Public Market, but nothing is what it seems. The incident puts a mark not just on Peter and Lewis but on girlfriend June, who decides to investigate the story. The secret? A game-changing new weapon that incorporates AI technology, developed in the city once called The Machine Shop of the World. Lots of local color, an intriguing new character in Spark, plus one nasty villain who justifies the adage – the rich are different from you and me: they can hire assassins.

— Daniel Goldin

Petrie’s latest thriller is particularly exciting for those of us in the Badger State, as Peter Ash returns to his old stomping (and shooting, stabbing, wrestling, shattering) grounds of Milwaukee. This adventure revolves around some hijacked space-age tech and a disturbingly cheery (and stabby) contract killer – a winning mix of terrors old fashioned and new. With this book, it seems like Petrie is ready to take his stalwart hero in a fun, new direction; I love that as a writer, he always brings something different to each book and isn’t afraid to try new ideas and take on challenges. Example: note Ash’s intrepid reporter girlfriend, who gets herself much more in on the action this time around. In fact, call Peter and June an updated Nick and Nora for the techno-thriller age. With this strong follow-up to last year’s series zenith, it’s clear that Nick Petrie has hit his stride.

— Chris Lee


Nonstop action at a machine gun pace. If you aren't reading Nick Petrie, now is the time to start.--C.J. Box

Peter Ash tangles with dangerous enemies and terrifying technology in the newest thriller from bestselling author Nick Petrie.

A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace . . . but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can't stand by and do nothing.

Peter does interrupt a crime, but it wasn't at all what he'd expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission--but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye. Peter's hunch is proven correct when a powerful associate from his past appears with an interest in the crime, and an irresistible offer: if he and June solve this mystery, Peter's record will be scrubbed clean.

While Peter and Lewis trace the gunman, reporter June digs into the victim of the incident, a man whose face rings a bell in her memory. As their parallel investigations draw together, they're thrust into the path of a ruthless tech thief, an eerily cheerful assassin, a brilliant and troubled inventor, and a revolutionary technology that could wreak devastation in the wrong hands. But for Peter, even more is at stake: this investigation is his only path to a life free from the threat of prosecution or prison. Before the end, he'll have to fight harder than ever before to ensure that freedom doesn't come at too high a cost. . . .

About the Author

Nick Petrie is the author of five novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently The Wild One. 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 Milwaukee.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432883638
ISBN-10: 1432883631
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
Publication Date: April 28th, 2021
Pages: 691
Language: English