Nick Petrie’s Fifth Peter Ash Novel Announced (with Details)

On January 14, 2020, The Wild One, the fifth novel in Nick Petrie’s Peter Ash series, is set to hit bookstores everywhere. 

After four books set stateside (including this year’s Tear it Down), Ash, who has drawn comparisons to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher due to his wandering nature, is finally going international. Said to have been inspired by the author’s own time backpacking through Iceland, Peter will soon find himself journeying through the “most forbidding and stark landscape he has ever encountered” in hopes of saving a little boy . . . and to catch a killer. See the official plot details and cover art below. 


The Wild One.jpgWar veteran Peter Ash tracks a murderer and his criminal family through the most forbidding and stark landscape he has ever encountered, in the latest thriller from the national bestselling author of The Drifter.

Losing ground in his fight against post-traumatic claustrophobia, war veteran Peter Ash has no intention of getting on an airplane–until a grieving woman asks Peter to find her eight-year-old grandson. The woman’s daughter has been murdered. Erik, the dead daughter’s husband, is the sole suspect, and he has taken his young son and fled to Iceland for the protection of Erik’s lawless family.

Finding the boy becomes more complicated when Peter is met at the airport by a man from the United States Embassy. For reasons both unknown and unofficial, it seems that Peter’s own government doesn’t want him in Iceland. The police give Peter two days of sightseeing in Reykjavik before he must report back for the first available seat home. . . and when they realize Peter isn’t going home until he accomplishes his mission, they start hunting him, too.

From the northernmost European capital to a rust-bound fishing vessel to a remote farm a stone’s throw from the Arctic, Peter must confront his growing PTSD and the most powerful Icelandic snowstorm in a generation to find a killer, save an eight-year-old boy, and keep himself out of an Icelandic prison–or a cold Icelandic grave.



Nick Petrie is the author of four novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently Tear it Down. His debut The Drifter won both the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett awards. A husband and father, he lives in Milwaukee.

Fans excited to get their hands on The Wild One can pre-order the next Peter Ash novel here or wherever else books are sold. For more updates, make sure you’re following Nick Petrie and Facebook and Twitter.



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). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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