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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.

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Andrew Welsh-Huggins

By day I'm an AP reporter in Columbus covering criminal justice, the Statehouse and long-lived zoo animals. By earlier in the day, I write "Andy Hayes" mysteries published by Swallow Press, including the just released "The Third Brother," featuring an ex-Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned private eye. My short story, "Family Business," appeared last year in "Down And Out Magazine," and another story, "The Murderous Type," won the 2017 Al Blanchard prize for best New England short crime fiction, and appears in Snowbound: The Best New England Crime Stories 2017. When I'm not writing or reporting, I enjoy running, reading, spending time with family and trying to remember why having a dog, two cats and two parakeets seemed like a good idea at the time.

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