A Swallow Press Book

The Third Brother
An Andy Hayes Mystery

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

“An anti-immigrant attack propels Welsh-Huggins’s timely fifth mystery featuring Columbus, Ohio, PI Andy Hayes….Welsh-Huggins educates and entertains as he explores immigrant issues through his empathetic hero’s investigation.”

Publishers Weekly

“Ohio P.I. Andy ‘Woody’ Hayes has ex-wives to support, a penchant for rubbing people the wrong way, and with a sideways code of honor that makes him a knight in tin-foil armor. In other words, Andy Hayes is a lot of fun. Andrew Welsh-Huggins spins a tale of intrigue and a human warmth surprising for the genre. He’s a writer on the rise.”

W.L. Ripley, author of Storme Warning

Praise for the Andy Hayes Mysteries:
“This series gets better with each book.”

Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Andy Hayes Mysteries:
“Andy is a likable, cynical, at times humorous, and always witty protagonist with a penchant for trouble.”

Mystery Scene

It’s a violent encounter that private investigator Andy Hayes could have done without. One minute he’s finishing up some grocery shopping ahead of a custody visit with his sons. The next, he must come to the rescue of a Somali-American mother and her young children as anti-immigrant bullies torment them.

Grateful for his intervention, the Somali community hires Andy to find a missing teenager who vanished without a trace and is now accused of plotting a terror attack in his adopted hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The government is certain that nineteen-year-old Abdi Mohamed followed in the footsteps of his brother, who died in Syria a few months earlier in a jihadi assault. But Mohamed’s family isn’t convinced, describing a soccer-loving American kid who renounced his brother’s actions and planned to attend college in the fall and become a diplomat someday.

Soon Andy is fending off fed-up FBI agents and dueling with a mysterious foe with links to the white supremacist movement. As he draws ever closer to the truth behind Mohamed’s disappearance, Hayes stumbles onto a conspiracy that could put hundreds of lives in danger, including his own two boys.

Andrew Welsh-Huggins covers criminal justice issues for The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of four Andy Hayes mysteries: Fourth Down and Out, Slow Burn, Capitol Punishment, and The Hunt, 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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Andy Hayes Mysteries

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Mystery · Fiction · Ohio and Regional



Retail price: $26.95, T.
Release date: Apr. 2018
264 pages · 5½ × 8½ in.
Rights: World


Release date: Apr. 2018
≅ 264 pages
Rights: World

Additional Praise for The Third Brother

Praise for the Andy Hayes Mysteries:
“Call [The Hunt] Rust Belt noir. Call it a hybrid of whodunit and thriller. But above all, call it splendid — and this talented author’s best yet.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Praise for the Andy Hayes Mysteries:
“Welsh-Huggins has a way with language…[He] is an Associated Press reporter, and the urge to bring the news is an unkillable one.”


Praise for the Andy Hayes Mysteries:
“Andrew Welsh-Huggins proves himself a master of heartland noir.”

William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O’ Connor mysteries