2017 Literary Award Winner

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Nick PetrieNicholas Petrie
The Drifter

The Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Literary Award winner: Nicholas Petrie for The Drifter, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York. This is the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2016.

Nicholas 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 Seattle Review, a national literary journal.  His first novel, The Drifter, was nominated for 2016 Edgar, International Thriller Writer (ITW) and Barry awards for Best First Novel, and the 2016 Hammett Prize for Best Novel. He was also named one of Apple's 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor and building inspector.  He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

About the Book

Nicholas Petrie’s debut novel is an exciting thriller that introduces Peter Ash, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, who comes home from the wars with post-traumatic stress and a mission to help a Marine friend’s widow rebuild an old porch at her home. What he finds under there, a mean ugly dog and a suitcase full of cash and explosives, sends him on an adventure through the city of Milwaukee. Petrie combines the usual elements of a suspense mystery novel with insightful reflections on how returning veterans cope with fitting in again to “normal” society.