Slow Burn

Slow Burn

An Andy Hayes Mystery

Book - 2015
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Almost two years have passed since Aaron Custer supposedly set a fire at a house in Columbus that killed three college students, including the young woman with whom he had argued just hours before. Prosecutors had an ironclad case against Custer, a convicted firebug whose fingerprints were found on the lighter that started the blaze and who quickly pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.Private investigator and fallen Ohio State football star Andy Hayes is skeptical when Custer's grandmother asks him to reopen the investigation by finding a mysterious witness who may have seen the real culprit that night. Andy's doubts fade as he uncovers a tangle of motives for the victims' deaths, implicating the state's natural gas fracking boom, drug dealers, and more. But to delve deeper, Andy must once again make amends with his past. TV reporter Suzanne Gregory, a former fianc#65533;e, has more information on the Orton Avenue fire than any journalist in town, but asking for her help means reopening old wounds -- just as Andy has embarked on a new relationship he's determined not to screw up. As Andy follows Custer's trail down ever-darker paths, he must revisit his past and decide whether he can afford to forfeit his future.

Author and reviewer Bill Osinski called Fourth Down and Out, the first of the Andy Hayes mysteries, "A tall, frosty stein of Middle-American noir, backed with a healthy shot of wry." In this second installment, Andrew Welsh-Huggins draws on real events and current affairs to bring his city to life -- warts and all .

Publisher: Athens, Ohio :, Swallow Press/Ohio University Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780804011600
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY WelshHug Andrew 05/2015
Characteristics: 300 pages ;,23 cm


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Jun 24, 2018

I enjoyed this book. Two main plots & I thought they were both interesting. But, it had LOTS of characters. I had a lot of trouble keeping them straight. I was really wishing for a kindle version so I could search for them to refresh my memory.

May 20, 2016

Welsh-Huggins tries, in the words of a reviewer, to make Columbus a character in the story, much as Miami or San Francisco. The story richly uses the streets, the food, the sports life, and in this case even the gangs that are part of the city, en route to a strong narrative.


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