This is an intriguing look into the cannabis industry in Colorado. Although legal in some states but not sanctioned by federal government, these businesses must be cash only operations, creating an opportunity for entrepreneurs as well as criminals. Peter Ash, a combat veteran struggling to fit in to civilian life, accepts a temporary assignment with a newly established security company. Heavy Metal Protection transports large amounts of cash from clients to locations “off the grid.” Peter’s first cash run is intercepted by uniquely proficient hijackers. Of the four Heavy Metal Protection employees, only Peter survives, having killed four of the five criminals and retrieved the cash. The remaining thug is part of a much more complicated and sophisticated organization of violent activity, now focused on eliminating Peter and reclaiming a mysterious packet smuggled into the cash shipment. Petrie has scored with a novel packed with electrifying characters, thrilling plot, and a most enlightening look into the realities of legalizing cannabis.
"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee ChildIn this action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado's mellowest business, but Ash may find there's more to this crime than meets the eye. Combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon to help his good friend Henry Nygaard, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. Henry's son-in-law and the company's operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace, leaving Henry's daughter and her company vulnerable. When Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he's guarding comes under attack and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the assaults escalate, Peter has to wonder: for criminals this sophisticated, is it really just about the cash? After finding himself on the defensive for too long, Peter marshals his resources and begins to dig for the truth in a scheme that is bigger--and far more lucrative--than he'd ever anticipated. With so much on the line, his enemy will not give up quietly...and now he has Peter directly in his sights.
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, winner of the ITW Thriller Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and Burning Bright.