Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review - Tear It Down by Nick Petrie @_NickPetrie_ @PutnamBooks

Tear It Down by Nick Petrie
Series: Peter Ash #4
Publisher: Penguin Group - Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Date Read: January 12, 2019
Length: 384 pages
Source: NetGalley

In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from national bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case--and stumbles into another--in the City of the Blues.

Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who's been receiving peculiar threats. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, he finds the situation has gone downhill fast--someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda's living room. But neither Wanda nor Peter can figure out why.

At the same time, a young homeless street musician finds himself roped into a plan to rob a jewelry store. The heist doesn't go as planned, and the young man finds himself holding a sack full of Rolexes and running for his life. When his getaway car breaks down, he steals a new one at gunpoint--Peter's 1968 green Chevrolet pickup truck.

Peter likes the skinny kid's smarts and attitude, but he soon discovers that the desperate musician is in far worse trouble than he knows. And Wanda's troubles are only beginning. Peter finds himself stuck between Memphis gangsters--looking for Rolexes and revenge--and a Mississippi ex-con and his hog-butcher brother looking for a valuable piece of family history that goes all the way back to the Civil War.
My Review

I had fun with this one.  I have to say that I am very happy that I made the decision to read this series several years ago when the first book, The Drifter, was being published.  I feel like I have really got the chance to know Peter and the gang over the years and it has been quite the adventure.  This book is the fourth in the Peter Ash series and while I think it could be read as a stand-alone novel, I do think that the series works best when read in order. 

Peter is sent to help out a friend in Memphis.  Once he reaches her home, he finds a dump truck parked in her living room.  He immediately realizes that this is not going to be the simple job he thought it would be.  Just as he is beginning repairs on her home, his truck is stolen by a fearful teenager and Peter is picked up by the head of the local gang.  Nothing is ever boring in Peter's life. 

Just as I expected this was an exciting story.  There are several different things going on throughout the book and there was never any a dull moment.  This book had all of the action that I could have hoped for including gun fights, car chases, and even a fist fight or two.  I like the fact that all of the action in the story really helped to advance the plot and there were quite a few times that Peter was very vulnerable.  He does handle himself well in most situations but he knows that he is not invincible.

I really liked the characters in this book.  Peter is still dealing with PTSD from his time in the military.  He is very much improved when compared to the start of the series but those experiences are always with him.  Peter is very competent and able to stay calm in even the most extreme circumstances.  Lewis is a lot of fun and probably my favorite character in the series.  I love his relationship with Peter and think that the pair really compliments each other well.  I really appreciate the complete trust that they have in each other.  I thought that Wanda and Eli were also great characters with compelling backstories. 

I do have to say that this book started out a bit slow for me which is odd since it was a really fast-paced story.  I did find the beginning of the book to be interesting but I was confused by the absence of the main character, Peter.  For me, the book really picked up once Peter entered the scene.  I do understand why the author made the choice to show us some events from a different perspective but I did think it took a little to long for Peter to finally show up in the story.

I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers.  This was an action-packed story with a really compelling mystery.  I couldn't wait to see how everything would pan out and must say that the story did come to a satisfying conclusion.  I can't wait to read more from this author in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Penguin Group - Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons via NetGalley.
The Series
Book #1 - The Drifter - My Review
Book #2 - Burning Bright - My Review
Book #3 - Light It Up - My Review
Book #4 - Tear It Down
About the Author

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he runs a home-inspection business in Milwaukee. His previous novels in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter and Burning Bright.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

17 comments:

  1. It's always fun to get a series that keeps on delivering!

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  2. I glad the series is still going strong. Great review, Carole.

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  3. I don'tthink I know about this one but I'm glad you had a good time with it

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  4. It sounds like so many different threads are woven into this story that there would never be a dull moment! A shame it took Peter longer than you would have liked to arrive on the scene, but Tear It Down sounds fun once he did

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  5. I always lose my way in series books. Glad this one is still working for you!

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    1. I have lost my way in a lot of series but I am keeping up with this one so far.

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  6. Great read :) I can't say I have read many in the genre

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  7. I've been meaning to try reading more thrillers this year as well! I don't mind when thrillers start slowly, especially when I know they will build momentum. I also think good PTSD representation is very important and it sounds like this one unpacks that theme well.

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    1. The start wasn't really slow. I just kept wondering where Peter was.

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  8. I'm glad it was a good read for you. I know lots of mystery books but am just getting more thrillers. Excellent review. I'll have to put this on the TBR. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. OK it's already on my TBR lol. I got The Drifter as a freebie at some point, now just to push it into the schedule.

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    2. I can't wait to see what you think of The Drifter, Anne!

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