The Runaway

“Downright frightening fun…This is one hellacious ride for crime fiction fans.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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.

“Explosive and engaging! Fasten your seatbelt, this is going to be a wild ride.”

Lisa Gardner

“Petrie has a preternatural talent for ratcheting up suspense, even as he ensures readers continue to care not only about [Peter] Ash, but also about the people he’s trying to save, as well as the ones he must defend against.”

the new york times

“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.”


“Nail-biting …Shifting points of view serve to heighten the suspense. This adrenaline-fueled ride will keep readers turning the pages.”

Publishers weekly

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