Gregg Hurwitz and Nick Petrie

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Thursday, May 2 | 7 PM | Central Library


Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 24 thrillers including the Orphan X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW). Additionally, he’s written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for AWA (including the critically acclaimed anthology NewThink), DC, and Marvel, poetry, political and culture pieces for The Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, The Bulwark and others, and he helped write the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup.

Hurwitz's Orphan X series features Evan Smoak, who was trained as a child to be an off-the-books government assassin. Crime fiction newsletter First Clue has called the series "a blend of Batman, the Equalizer, and Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp."


Nick Petrie

Nick Petrie is the bestselling author of the Peter Ash books, a series of action-packed thrillers that follow a war veteran with PTSD as he solves a variety of dangerous mysteries. 

His first novel, The Drifter, won the ITW Thriller and Barry Awards, and was nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Hammett Awards. He won the 2016 Literary Award from the Wisconsin Library Association and was named one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  Light It Up was named the Best Thriller of 2018 by Apple Books. Both Light it Up and The Wild One were shortlisted for the Barry Award.

His books in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, Burning Bright, Light It Up, Tear It Down, The Wild OneThe Breaker, and The Runaway. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector. He lives in Milwaukee, where he is hard at work on the next Peter Ash novel.

Event Info

  • Admission is free.
  • Doors open at 6:00 PM.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • Free parking is available:
    • In the Des Moines Public Library parking garage, located on Grand Ave.
    • On the surface lot on the corner of 10th St. and Grand Ave., across from the library.
  • At the end of the program, there will be a question and answer period. A book signing will follow.
  • Books will be available to purchase before and after the program courtesy of Beaverdale Books.