After eight years as a soldier, Peter Ash came home from Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls `white static`, a buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming the US Pacific coastÃ¢Â€Â™s mountains and forests, sleeping under the stars.
But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man`s widow and two young children. While repairing her dilapidated porch, he makes two unwelcome discoveries: the first is a dog, the largest, meanest, ugliest dog he`s ever laid eyes on; the second surprise is what the dog is guarding a suitcase containing $400,000 in cash and four slabs of plastic explosive.
Just what was his friend caught up in during his final days? Ash will find that the demons of war arenÃ¢Â€Â™t easy to leave behind…
`Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie`s Peter Ash is the real deal.`-Lee Child
`A stunning debut novel … The pace is like a sniper round, extraordinarily fast and precisely calibrated.`-David Baldacci