Apple iBooks Thriller of the Year, and shortlisted for a Barry Award.
In the third 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.
Then, when Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he’s guarding comes under attack from hijackers and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the incidents mount, he has to wonder: for criminals as sophisticated as these, is this money really worth the risk? And if not, what about his cargo is worth more?
“Gun battles, harrowing high-speed escapes and lethal hand-to-hand fights . . . Petrie colors in more of the portrait of his troubled hero, including his darkest moment in the Middle East. Ash’s posse is coalescing, too, including June, the savvy reporter he fell for in Burning Bright, and Lewis, the smooth but equally lethal compadre whose friendship with Ash has a Spenser-Hawk vibe.. . . . Light It Up extends a quality action series with plenty of room ahead both for new adventures and character development.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“LIGHT IT UP does everything it’s supposed to do and more…[it] will keep you reading all night, and you’ll be glad you did. Petrie combines current real-world problems with a complex protagonist…This is one series that you’ll want to keep reading for what hopefully will be a long time to come.” —BookReporter.com
“With its crackling dialogue and jaw-dropping twists, Nick Petrie’s third book about combat veteran Peter Ash—an exceptionally franchise-worthy hero—is a gripping, action-packed thriller. Here, the well-traveled Ash is on the job in Colorado, where he’s guarding cash for the state’s booming cannabis industry. It’s a high-stakes gig, as evidenced by an expertly planned hijacking that only Ash survives. Petrie’s obvious affection for Ash is evident throughout Light It Up; his battleground savvy, moral complexity, and romantic streak are lovingly drawn, making us root for him harder with every fight he faces.” —iBooks
“Like Robert Parker’s Spenser, Ash is a self-contained, unstoppable force with very useful friends. Vividly troubled yet likable, he intrigues the reader even while managing to save a little part of his world—again. The action in this third outing is nonstop; the drug scene is timely; the characters, including the villains, are deftly drawn, and the tension keeps rising.”—Library Journal
“Propulsive . . . Petrie is a master of orchestrating convincing mayhem.”— Publishers Weekly