After eight years as a soldier, Peter Ash came home from Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls âwhite staticâ, a buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming the US Pacific coastâs mountains and forests, sleeping under the stars.
But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the manâs 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 heâs ever laid eyes on; the second surprise is what the dog is guardingâa 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 arenât easy to leave behind…
âLots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrieâs Peter Ash is the real deal.â âLee Child
âA stunning debut novel … The pace is like a sniper round, extraordinarily fast and precisely calibrated.ââDavid Baldacci