The Drifter Hardcover – 12 January 2016
- Publisher : Putnam Pub Group (12 January 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 375 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399174567
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399174568
- Dimensions : 16.03 x 3.28 x 23.65 cm
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"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
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Nor does the plot of The Drifter flow as clearly as Child's plots. But nor is it as predictable. If you like crime fiction, it's worth a read.
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Like many readers, I've become disillusioned with the last half dozen or so of Lee Child's novels, so I thought I'd found a worthy replacement to Jack Reacher here. Peter Ash is sufficiently different to JR to make me feel I was embarking on an exciting new adventure/thriller series, yet one that reminded me of the good old days when I'd sit in my favourite armchair and read the latest Lee Child novel. And I felt that way for about 250 pages, before the story started to meander. I lived in hope that the momentum would pick up - but it didn't. Instead, I was confronted by a plot that became painfully drawn-out, until it reached a rather lacklustre climax. Ultimately, this was a novel that showed such promise but eventually failed to deliver the goods. Hand on heart, I don't think I'll be indulging in any more of Nick Petrie's novels.
Peter Ash is an ex service man and tough as nails.Sure,that sounds familiar but there is always room in the thriller genre for another hard guy.A buddy of Peter's from the service has seemingly committed suicide and Peter is helping his widow out with some home repairs which has the added benefit of keeping him outdoors where his demons are less prevalent.Having discovered a suitcase of cash under the porch that Peter is replacing,it appears that Peter's ex service buddy may have been involved in something shady.The plot is well constructed and unfolds at a measured pace.You do not get the entire picture until towards the very end of the novel which is just as it should be.The descriptions of PTSD are well thought out and never come across as being anything other than sympathetic and harrowing.
Like many ex servicemen,Peter Ash is not living the American dream and spends most nights sleeping on his battered truck.Again,this may be a cliche but the truck has an important role to play in this story and seems wholly appropriate for a veteran still dealing with issues that the majority of us can never hope to comprehend.
Peter Ash is my kind of character and I eagerly await the release of the follow up,Burning Bright.
I've discovered a new action hero and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.