Get a FREE Books of the Moment  sampler!
Everyone’s got one
What’s your Literary Flaw?
Take the quiz

The Drifter

The Drifter by Nick Petrie
Mass Market Paperback
Mar 07, 2017 | 464 Pages
See All Formats (4) +
  • Ebook $8.99

    Jan 12, 2016 | 384 Pages

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Product Details

Praise

Praise for The Drifter
 
“As I was reading Petrie’s exceptional debut, O’Brien’s [The Things They Carried] buzzed at the edges of my consciousness, casting the newer book as a thematic sequel to O’Brien’s classic. . .The Drifter may be about a different war, but it’s about the same hell, and in this book it’s about the things a vet carries home with him. . . . [The] lean prose, gritty descriptions, and raw psychological depth give the novel a feel that reminded me of early Dennis Lehane.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 
 
“A gripping, beautifully written novel.”—Huffington Post
 
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, New York Times-bestselling author ofMemory Man
 
“A powerful, empathetic, and entertaining tale about the plight many combat veterans face when they come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Top-notch storytelling.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
 
“[Ash’s]  sharply intelligent, witty voice strikes the right tone for an honest exploration of the challenges returning veterans face, and while this wandering veteran will remind some of Jack Reacher, Peter’s struggle to overcome PTSD sets him apart. An absorbing thriller debut with heart.”—Booklist 
 
“Petrie’s expertly paced plot sets a colorful array of characters on a collision course. Readers will look forward to seeing more of the resourceful Ash.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Petrie’s impressive debut thriller is fine tuned, the action gripping, and through Ash offers a well-drawn portrait of a vet who can’t escape his combat experience. Like Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, Ash’s philosophy of detection is to poke a stick into something and see what happens. His discoveries will keep the reader on edge and whet the appetite for more from this author.”—Library Journal 
 
“Nick Petrie’s debut novel follows the compelling story of one former Marine’s struggle to reacclimate himself to civilian life while honoring his commitment to a fallen soldier. That alone is reason to keep reading, but Petrie amps up the stakes in surprising fashion, creating a story that is moving, thrilling and satisfying on every level. . . . [An] intimate story of personal discovery as well as an obsessive pageturner of a book.”—BookPage 
 
“Gritty and engaging, this debut novel will capture readers from the first word. Edge-of-your-seat action keeps the plot racing to a stunning conclusion. . . . This is a fantastic first novel and a captivating thriller.”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)
 
“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, New York Times-bestselling author of The Keeper   
 
“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, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth
 
“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, New York Times-bestselling author of The Barkeep
 
“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, author of The Stolen Ones

Awards

Anthony Awards FINALIST 2017

Edgar Award for Best First Novel FINALIST 2017

International Thriller Writers Award FINALIST 2017

Looking for More Great Reads?
Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now
Back to Top