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Fatal Judgment
An Andy Hayes Mystery

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

“Readers who love old-fashioned detective novels will be in hog heaven as they tear into Welsh-Huggins' latest adventure featuring Andy Hayes.”

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Fatal Judgment—like its predecessors—offers multiple rewards and further evidence of its author’s prowess.“

The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, MD)

“Intriguing … fans of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone books will be pleased.”

Publishers Weekly

“Andy Hayes, failed quarterback turned private eye, drives right up the middle of a complex mystery involving politics, special interests, old secrets, and big money. In unfamiliar territory, Andy is armed only with abundant sarcasm and stubborn determination. Andrew Welsh-Huggins writes expertly and compellingly.”

Steve Goble, author of the Spider John historical mysteries

Judge Laura Porter fiercely guarded her privacy, and never more so than during her long-running—and long in the past—affair with disgraced quarterback-turned-private investigator Andy Hayes. Now she’s missing, disappeared just hours after she calls Andy out of the blue explaining she’s in trouble and needs his help.

A trail of clues leads Andy to a central Ohio swamp whose future lies in the judge’s hands as she weighs a lawsuit pitting environmentalists against developers. Soon Hayes encounters the case of another missing person, a young man who vanished without a trace in a different swamp two counties away. As he looks for links between the two disappearances, Hayes is led from Columbus to Cleveland, unearthing a history of secrets and betrayals threatening not just the judge but her family as well.

Along the way, Hayes is forced to confront a newly strained relationship with his older son, now a budding football star himself, and revisit his tumultuous days as a Cleveland Browns quarterback and the gridiron failures that haunt him to this day. In partnership with a cop on her own quest for justice, Hayes rushes to find the judge, and the truth, before it’s too late.

Andrew Welsh-Huggins covers criminal justice issues for The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of six Andy Hayes mysteries: Fourth Down and Out, Slow Burn, Capitol Punishment, The Hunt, The Third Brother, and Fatal Judgment. He also wrote 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, both from Ohio University Press.   More info →

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Hardcover
978-0-8040-1211-9
Retail price: $26.95, T.
Release date: April 2019
264 pages · 5½ × 8½ in.
Rights:  World

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978-0-8040-4102-7
Release date: April 2019
264 pages
Rights:  World

Additional Praise for Fatal Judgment

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

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

Praise for the Andy Hayes Mystery Series:
“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 (for The Third Brother)

Praise for the Andy Hayes Mystery Series:
“[Welsh-Huggins] excels at storytelling. With a reporter’s eye and a novelist’s flair, he raises the bar with each entry in his series. And his deepening development of Andy adds gravitas.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Praise for the Andy Hayes Mystery Series:
“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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