The Runaway

Putnam. (Peter Ash, Bk. 7). Jan. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780525535508. $27. M
Peter Ash has a tendency to step into other people’s problems. When he sees a car stranded alongside the road in the middle of nowhere, of course he’ll stop to help. When the young pregnant woman steps forward and is immediately surrounded by her husband and three of his friends, Peter suspects no good will come of it. Peter is forced to abandon the woman—but he’s not willing to give up on his attempt to save her. As Peter contends with guns and dogs, and hunters with night-vision goggles, he doesn’t know Helene’s story of leaving an isolated life, hoping Roy, an ex-cop who picks her up, is different from other men. She soon learns how violent Roy can be, and it won’t be long until Peter, a former marine who has PTSD, faces a man more frightening than himself.
VERDICT The violent sequel to The Breaker features a loner with two friends he can call on for help. The latest story of a knight errant will remind readers of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, compelled to help the needy.
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