The Third Brother (Paperback)

An Andy Hayes Mystery (Andy Hayes Mysteries)

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Swallow Press, 9780804012201, 272pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/10/2018)

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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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For The Third Brother: An Andy Hayes Mystery (Andy Hayes Mysteries)

“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

“[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.The Third Brother gives frightening and poignant voice to the scourges of bigotry, whether from jihadists, white supremacists, zealots of any stripe — and even people who silently assume the worst of those who differ in appearance or background.”—Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

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