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Meet the author

A son of the Finger Lakes in western New York State, Andrew Welsh-Huggins now calls himself a “proud native adopted Ohioan.” By day, he is a reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus. By earlier in the day, he is the author of seven books in the Andy Hayes private eye series, featuring a former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned investigator. “Readers who love old-fashioned detective novels will be in hog heaven as they tear into Welsh-Huggins’ latest adventure featuring Andy Hayes,” said Booklist of Fatal Judgment.


Andrew is also the editor of the Columbus Noir anthology from Akashic Books, a collection of fourteen mystery stories each set in a different Columbus neighborhood, named one of CrimeReads’ most anticipated crime books of 2020.


In addition, Andrew is the author of two nonfiction books. No Winners Here Tonight, the definitive history of Ohio's death penalty, and Hatred At Home, about the terrorism prosecution of three Ohio friends, which Current Reviews for Academic Libraries called “the most thorough case study of the radicalization of domestic ‘sleeper cells’ to date.”

Andrew’s short mystery fiction has appeared in multiple magazines including “Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine,” “Mystery Weekly” and “Mystery Tribune.” His story “The Mailman,” from the 2020 anthology Mickey Finn 21st Century Noir, Vol. 1, is an International Thriller Writers 2021 best short story nominee. His story, “Long Drive Home,” published in “Tough” magazine, was included in the “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories” category in The Best American Mystery Stories 2019. His story, “The Murderous Type,” won the 2017 Al Blanchard prize for best New England short crime fiction.

When he’s not writing or reporting, Andrew enjoys running, reading, cooking, spending time with family, and trying to remember why having both cats and parakeets seemed like a good idea at the time.

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