Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Andrew Welsh-Huggins is a long-time reporter with the Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio. He has written extensively on capital punishment, the drug trade, and politics. He is the author of three Andy Hayes mysteries: Fourth Down and Out, Slow Burn, and Capitol Punishment, as well as No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States and Hatred at Home: Al-Qaida on Trial in the American Midwest.

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The Hunt · An Andy Hayes Mystery
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

As a serial killer stalks prostitutes in Columbus, Ohio, a distraught brother asks private investigator Andy Hayes to find his sister before it’s too late. In a deadly race against time, Andy soon learns he’s not the only person hunting Jessica Byrnes, but he may be the only one who wants her alive. Byrnes hasn’t been seen in weeks following a downward slide that started as a runaway teenager and may have ended permanently on the streets. Assisting Andy is ex-prostitute Theresa Sullivan.

“The author has crafted a fine procedural based on human trafficking, and it’s a pleasure to watch his PI, Columbus, Ohio–based Andy Hayes, go to work. …Welsh-Huggins has a way with language…[He] is an Associated Press reporter, and the urge to bring the news is an unkillable one.”

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Capitol Punishment · An Andy Hayes Mystery
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

All eyes are on swing state Ohio in the midst of a presidential election, and protecting a controversial reporter seems simple enough to Andy. But then a body shows up in the Statehouse.

“Hayes’ beer isn’t the sole heady brew in this fine example of political noir, for which aficionados of smart crime fiction will vote with enthusiasm.”

Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch




Slow Burn · An Andy Hayes Mystery
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Almost two years have passed since Aaron Custer supposedly set a fire at a house in Columbus that killed three college students, when it starts to seem likely that the wrong man is in prison.

“Even more gripping than his debut novel, this second installment firmly establishes Welsh-Huggins as a rising star in the genre. Expect a late—and rewarding—night of addictive reading.”

Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch




Fourth Down and Out · An Andy Hayes Mystery
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Andy Hayes, everyone’s not-so-favorite former Buckeye quarterback, thinks retrieving a laptop with a damning video should be easy enough—until bodies start to pile up and the case gets personal.

“Welsh-Huggins (does) a masterful job with the book, an entertaining, easy-to-read tale worthy of Robert B. Parker.”

Columbus Dispatch




Hatred at Home · al-Qaida on Trial in the American Midwest
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

One day in 2002, three friends — a Somali immigrant, a Pakistan–born U.S. citizen, and a hometown African American — met in a Columbus, Ohio coffee shop and vented over civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan. Their conversation triggered an investigation that would become one of the most unusual and far–reaching government probes into terrorism since the 9/11 attacks.

“In Hatred at Home, Andrew Welsh-Huggins captures the unease in our backyards.… He objectively explores the nature of the nation’s new and incredibly difficult balancing act—providing federal agents with the investigative and legal tools needed to prevent another 9/11, while still trying to safeguard long-cherished civil rights.”

The Columbus Dispatch




No Winners Here Tonight · Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Few subjects are as intensely debated in the United States as the death penalty. Some form of capital punishment has existed in America for hundreds of years, yet the justification for carrying out the ultimate sentence is a continuing source of controversy.

“This book is beautifully written. Specialists who already know the broad outlines will be interested in learning the Ohio story, and for nonspecialists, the book will be an engaging introduction to the subject.”

Stuart Banner, author of The Death Penalty: An American History