A Book Spy Review: ‘Potter’s Field’ by Rob Hart


POtters field.jpgAsh McKenna is finally ready to face his past in Rob Hart’s stunning series finale. 

Thug-for-hire McKenna has been running from New York, a place he has a lot of history with. Now, he’s ready to go back. . . but things don’t go according to plan. 

A former drug addict with more than a few demons in his closet, all McKenna wants is to return to Staten Island with a clean slate. He’s done running and hopes to finally settle down and settle in. Instead, his return goes sideways almost immediately when Ginny Tonic, a drag queen drug kingpin, enlists his help with locating a child who started running with Ginny’s crew.

McKenna has some serious history with Ginny, none of it good. The idea of working for her isn’t even remotely appealing to Ash, especially when he’s trying to clean up his life and stay out of trouble. However, as they say, money talks, and if that’s the case, then the ten grand Ginny offers to pay for his services shouts. Not only does McKenna need the money, but he’s recently decided that, after playing detective without being licensed, he now wants to become a private investigator, which means he needs clients. Reluctantly, Ash accepts Ginny’s offer and sets out to find the missing Spencer Chavez. 

It doesn’t take long for McKenna’s investigation to go sideways when his pursuit of Chavez lands him smack-dab in the middle of a turf war between two rival drug dealers. The Staten Island drug scene is set to implode, with dirty heroin making the rounds. When opposing crews aren’t offing each other, users are overdosing on the dirty drugs. The city’s a mess, and it’s up to McKenna to put out the fires. . . even if it means he might get burned in the process. 

If you’re not reading Rob Hart’s stuff, you should be. Through four prior books, Hart has put McKenna — and readers — through the ringer. Ash is a unique character who falls somewhere between hero and anti-hero, with plenty of good and bad qualities. Hart’s slowly worked to redeem his character over time, all the while examining the difficulties of running from one’s past. Can people really change? And if so, at what cost? 

While it’s sad to see Ash McKenna go, Rob Hart sends him off with a bang. . . Potter’s Field is a gripping thriller that wraps up one of the genre’s most underrated series. 


(Note: Rob Hart’s next book is a standalone novel called The Warehouse, which was recently auctioned to The Crown Publishing Group, an imprint of Random House, and has since been optioned for film, with Rob Howard attached to direct. With all the buzz around Hart, we’ll be sure to cover everything he’s doing, so make sure to check back for more updates.)

Book Details

Author: Rob Hart
Series: Ash McKenna #5
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1943818932
Publisher: Polis Books
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Book Spy Rating: 7.5/10



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.


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