A sullied college quarterback turned private investigator and a stolen laptop with a potentially embarrassing video set the stage for a debut novel by Andrew Welsh-Huggins ’83. Fourth Down and Out (Ohio University Press) is available at the College Bookstore, and on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m., Welsh-Huggins will be on hand to sign the book.
Fourth Down and Out, which is set in Columbus, Ohio, was called “an entertaining, easy-to-read tale worthy of Robert B. Parker” by the Columbus Dispatch. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “The author’s use of iconic Columbus landmarks and lots of Buckeye lore will appeal to OSU fans.”
Welsh-Huggins, who majored in classics, is a legal affairs writer for the Associated Press. He has written two nonfiction books: No Winners Here Tonight, about the death penalty in Ohio, and Hatred at Home, about an investigation into a Columbus terrorist cell. His first foray into fiction is a projected series. The next installment, Slow Burn, is due out May 2015.