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 the author to watch in 2019. From great plotting to relentless pacing, TEAR IT DOWN is riveting and intense.” – New York Times bestseller Mark Greaney, author of the Gray Man series.
“Four books in, Nick Petrie is pitching a perfect game….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 from Petrie. If you’re not reading this series, start.” – The Real Book Spy
“A great series, with colorful storytelling and characters who pop right off the page.” – Raleigh News and Observer
“I don’t buy the comparisons of Nick Petrie’s Peter Ash with Jack Reacher; indeed, Ash is now so much his own man as to defy comparisons with any of his contemporaries from the world of thrillers, and all the reasons why are on display in TEAR IT DOWN. Petrie’s prose does resemble Lee Child’s in its supremely effective minimalism. He knows just what to say and how to say it, which helps turn TEAR IT DOWN into a gritty crime-thriller noir extraordinaire that is not to be missed.” – The Providence Journal
“Petrie is hell on wheels at mounting lethal action face-offs. A close cousin to Lee Child’s more analytical Jack Reacher, Peter Ash is one of today’s more exciting action heroes.” – Publisher’s Weekly
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. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, 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.