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The Price You Pay (A Peter Ash Novel #8) (Hardcover)
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Peter Ash must follow his closest friend, Lewis, into the criminal underworld when secrets from the past threaten everything they hold dear in this propulsive new thriller from the bestselling and award-winning series.
Lewis has helped Peter Ash out of more trouble than Peter cares to remember. So he doesn’t hesitate when Lewis asks a favor in return. Lewis has left his criminal past behind, but a former associate may be in trouble, and he and Peter must drive into the teeth of a blizzard to find him. When they discover blood in the snow and a smoldering cabin, both men know things are bad. Then they learn that someone has stolen notebooks full of incriminating secrets about Lewis's long-ago crimes, and realize the situation is much worse than they'd thought.
To save Lewis’s wife, Dinah, and her two boys, Lewis and Peter must find the notebooks. With Peter's longtime girlfriend, June Cassidy, they begin the search—facing ruthless and violent foes at each turn, including one powerful person who will stop at nothing for revenge. Will Peter and Lewis be able to keep that dark past buried? Or will they need to step into the darkness to save the people they love most?
About the Author
Nick Petrie is the author of eight novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently The Runaway. 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 the Milwaukee area.
Praise for The Price You Pay
One of Mystery Tribune’s 32 Best Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Books of Feb 2024
One of Milwaukee Magazine’s 5 Wisconsin Books to Read This Winter
“High-octane…Petrie nimbly combines small-unit action with cyber-sleuthing (courtesy of Peter’s partner, reporter June Cassidy) and rarely takes his foot off the gas during the narrative’s 400-plus pages. Adrenaline junkies will be in heaven.” —Publishers Weekly
“Petrie shows off his action-writing chops with a series of vivid, remarkably clear firefights and, in between, pauses to recover.” —Booklist
“The eighth danger-dripping crime thriller featuring Peter Ash… Action junkies will love this one.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A] high-octane action thriller shrouded in mystery… Nick Petrie provides an action-packed narrative that incrementally builds suspense and trepidation as he intertwines multiple plot twists into an explosive denouement. He utilizes a colorful cast of characters to enhance the intrigue…Action scenes are cinematic and expertly choreographed, with the results always in jeopardy.” —Mystery and Suspense
“Petrie is a clever plotter who throws increasingly difficult challenges in front of his flawed heroes, allowing them to demonstrate their resourcefulness. He has a knack for wringing intense, violent conflict out of ordinary locations. After this book, you'll never think of Walgreens and FedEx boxes the same way.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Petrie, a strong writer who always finds ways to keep his series fresh, continues to do a fantastic job with his cast of characters...[He] avoids classic and overdone tropes, opting instead to build his characters in a smart and useful way. They’re all relatable, too, for different reasons, and longtime fans who’ve seen these families and friendships grow over multiple books will be especially upset to see them threatened…Petrie delivers great action served up alongside a hearty plot that, much like the snowstorm earlier in the story, only grows bigger and more unrelenting with each passing chapter. Think Lee Child meets C.J. Box, and you've got The Price You Pay, a high-powered adventure dipped in action rolled in a mystery. Peter Ash is a great hero, and Nick Petrie is one heckuva storyteller-if you're not reading him, start.” —The Real Book Spy
“Nick Petrie never disappoints. This book is all action, and you will want to keep reading along. Fans of this series will be happy.” —Red Carpet Crash
Praise for the Peter Ash series
“Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Peter Ash is the real deal.” —Lee Child
“The hype about Nick Petrie is real—he’s just that damn good!” —Mark Greaney
“Nonstop action at a machine gun pace.” —C.J. Box
"Peter Ash is one of the most complexcharacters I’ve come across in a long time.” —David Baldacci
“If you’re not already on the Peter Ash train, jump aboard now. Nick Petrie is doing headliner work.” —Robert Crais
“For me, no crime-fiction character has ever measured up to Jack Reacher—until, that is, I met Peter Ash.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Petrie excels at propulsive pacing whilekeeping his characters compelling, daring, and,best of all, morally courageous.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Nick Petrie proves himself to be a maestro, wielding his keyboard with all the deftness of a master conductor’s baton.” —Providence Journal