Tear It Down

Mysterious Book Report No. 399

by John Dwaine McKenna

Author Nick Petrie has come up with a serial character most of us would like, and like to hang around, if he were real.  His name is Peter Ash.  He minds his own business, doesn’t fuss about getting his hair cut real often, works as a carpenter and handyman and drives a ’68 Chevy pickup truck that he restored all by himself.  He doesn’t drink much, doesn’t smoke, respects others. stays true to his girlfriend, June and prefers the solitude of the Cascade Range of eastern Washington to anything urban life has to offer.  But, just like all of us, there’s another side of Peter Ash . . . the side which spent eight years as a Recon Marine doing Special Ops things he doesn’t want to think about . . . but can’t ever forget.  It’s what makes him restless and an adrenaline junkie . . . craving the life-threatening action that can only be found in armed combat.

Now, in his latest adventure, Tear It Down, (Putnam/Penguin Random House, $26.00, 368 pages, ISBN 978-0-399-57566-2) by Nick Petrie, Peter Ash is sent to Memphis, Tennessee by his girlfriend June, to help a friend of hers named Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who’s been getting death threats ever since she moved into the house she recently bought at a foreclosure auction.  When he gets there, Peter finds that a huge, ten-wheel diesel dump truck was driven into her living room in the middle of the night.

At the same time, a homeless young street musician is pressured into robbing a jewelry store by three of his friends.  When the heist goes awry, two of the robbers are shot dead, a third one is shot, wounded and disappeared, while the young guitar player manages to escape with a sack full of Rolex watches and diamond rings.  When the desperate kid’s getaway car breaks down, he hijacks Peter Ash’s beloved pickup truck during a chance meeting at a ghetto gas station.  Oddly, it leaves Peter fighting to protect the young desperado from a pack of ruthless Memphis gangsters, while at the same time keeping Wanda Wyatt from getting killed by what eyewitnesses are claiming is “a blue-faced devil with pointed teeth.”

Peter Ash is “the real deal,” according to Lee Child himself, and a hard fighting hero for underdogs of every size, shape and color.  If you’re an enthusiast of tender-hearted tough guys and non-stop rock-n-roll action, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor with an author who’s developing a character the entire crime writer’s world will soon know about and envy!

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