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The Drifter

(2016)
(The first book in the Peter Ash series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best First Book (nominee)
Anthony Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Barry Awards Best First Novel
Edgar Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
The first explosive thriller featuring Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren’t easily left behind...

“Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie’s Peter Ash is the real deal.”—Lee Child


Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his “white static,” the buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars.

But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man’s widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for: the largest, ugliest, meanest dog he’s ever encountered...and a Samsonite suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives.

As Ash begins to investigate this unexpected discovery, he finds himself at the center of a plot that is far larger than he could have imagined...and it may lead straight back to the world he thought he’d left for good.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The Drifter is a stunning debut. Peter Ash is one of the most complex characters I've come across in a long time. The pace is like a sniper round, extraordinarily fast and precisely calibrated. The prose is fluid, original and frequently brilliant, the story heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. There is grit in this tale that will stay with you for a long time. Perhaps forever. I eagerly await Nick Petrie's next creation." - David Baldacci

"A tangled tale of intrigue, action, and adventure with a battle-scarred hero who definitely rises to the challenge. The clever plot is firmly conceived and crisp writing makes this a terrific story, told terrifically." - Steve Berry

"Nick Petrie's The Drifter has one of the most thrilling openings I've ever read, involving a dank crawlspace, the nastiest, smelliest dog in creation, and a former Marine lieutenant still suffering from the trauma of his war. It can't get better than this, I figured, but it does. Petrie's novel keeps accelerating even as it burrows ever deeper into the dark heart of the new American dream. It is a sterling debut. And yes, the dog is a star." - William Lashner

"A timely, intelligent thriller, as much an indictment as a gripping page-turner. Nick Petrie’s debut simmers and seethes until it finally boils over in a masterfully-drawn final showdown. Teeming with grit and desperation and told in spare, vivid prose, this is not a debut you’ll want to miss." - Owen Laukkanen

"With The Drifter, Nick Petrie has written just about the perfect thriller. I haven't read such a well-crafted and gripping story in a month of Sundays. If this is Petrie's first novel, watch out for the second one. But why wait? This one's here now, and it's a home run." - John Lescroart


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Used availability for Nick Petrie's The Drifter

Hardback Editions

February 2018 : UK Hardback

Title: The Drifter
Author(s): Nick Petrie
ISBN: 1-78854-243-6 / 978-1-78854-243-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Drifter (Wheeler Hardcover)
Author(s): Nicholas Petrie
ISBN: 1-4104-9053-X / 978-1-4104-9053-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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January 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Drifter (A Peter Ash Novel)
Author(s): Nick Petrie
ISBN: 0-399-17456-7 / 978-0-399-17456-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: The Drifter
Author(s): Nick Petrie
ISBN: 1-78854-244-4 / 978-1-78854-244-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Drifter (ASH)
Author(s): Nick Petrie
ISBN: 1-78854-245-2 / 978-1-78854-245-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Drifter (A Peter Ash Novel)
Author(s): Nick Petrie
ISBN: 0-7352-1520-0 / 978-0-7352-1520-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Drifter (A Peter Ash Novel)
Author(s): Nick Petrie
ISBN: 0-425-28325-9 / 978-0-425-28325-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Drifter (A Peter Ash Novel)
Author(s): Nick Petrie
ISBN: 1-5247-0856-9 / 978-1-5247-0856-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Drifter: A Peter Ash Novel
Author(s): Nick Petrie
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   


January 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Drifter: A Peter Ash Novel
Author(s): Nick Petrie
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Drifter (Ash Book 1)
Author(s): Nick Petrie
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Drifter (A Peter Ash Novel Book 1)
Author(s): Nick Petrie
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA