Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His story At the Laundromat won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. His first novel, "The Drifter", is a national bestseller. It won the 2016 ITW Thriller Award and 2016 Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was short-listed for the 2016 Edgar and Anthony awards, as well as the 2016 Hammett Prize for Best Novel. He was also named one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017. His novels in the Peter Ash series are "The Drifter,""Burning Bright" and "Light It Up." A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector. He lives in Milwaukee.