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Athens : Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2014.
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258 pages ; 23 cm.
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"The job seems easy enough at first for private investigator Andy Hayes: save his client's reputation by retrieving a laptop and erasing a troublesome video from its hard drive. But that's before someone breaks into Andy's apartment in Columbus; before someone else, armed with a shotgun, relieves him of the laptop; and before the FBI suddenly shows up on his doorstep asking questions. Soon, there's a growing list of people with a claim on the computer, all of them with secrets they don't want uncovered. When one of those people ends up dead, Andy has his hands full convincing authorities he's not responsible, while trying to figure out who is - and who's got the laptop - before someone else dies. Soon the trail leads to the last place Andy wants to go: back to Ohio State University, where few have forgiven him for a mistake he made two decades earlier in his days as the Buckeyes' star quarterback. That misjudgment sent him on a downward spiral that cost him a playing career, two marriages, several wrecked relationships, and above all his legacy in Ohio's capital city, where the fortunes of the OSU team are never far from people's minds. As Andy tracks a laptop and a killer from the toniest of the city's suburbs to its grittiest neighborhoods, he must confront a dark figure from his past and prove that this time he won't drop the ball"-- Provided by publisher.
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2014000940
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9780804011525 (hardback)
0804011524 (hardback)
9780804011532
0804011532
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861676481
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"The job seems easy enough at first for private investigator Andy Hayes: save his client's reputation by retrieving a laptop and erasing a troublesome video from its hard drive. But that's before someone breaks into Andy's apartment in Columbus; before someone else,?armed with a shotgun,?relieves him of the laptop; and before the FBI suddenly shows up on his doorstep asking questions. Soon, there's a growing list of people with a claim on the computer, all of them with secrets they don't want uncovered.When one of those people ends up dead, Andy has his hands full convincing authorities he's not responsible, while trying to figure out who is?-?and who's got the laptop?-?before someone else dies. Soon the trail leads to the last place Andy wants to go: back to Ohio State University, where few have forgiven him for a mistake he made two decades earlier in his days as the Buckeyes' star quarterback. That misjudgment sent him on a downward spiral that cost him a playing career, two marriages, several wrecked relationships, and above all his legacy in Ohio's capital city, where the fortunes of the OSU team are never far from people's minds. As Andy tracks a laptop and a killer from the toniest of the city's suburbs to its grittiest neighborhoods, he must confront a dark figure from his past and prove that this time he won't drop the ball"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

The job seems easy enough at first for private investigator Andy Hayes: save his client’s reputation by retrieving a laptop and erasing a troublesome video from its hard drive. But that’s before someone breaks into Andy’s apartment in Columbus; before someone else, armed with a shotgun, relieves him of the laptop; and before the FBI suddenly shows up on his doorstep asking questions.

Soon, there’s a growing list of people with a claim on the computer, all of them with secrets they don’t want uncovered. When one of those people ends up dead, Andy has his hands full convincing authorities he’s not responsible, while trying to figure out who isand who’s got the laptopbefore someone else dies. Soon the trail leads to the last place Andy wants to go: back to Ohio State University, where few have forgiven him for a mistake he made two decades earlier in his days as the Buckeyes’ star quarterback. That misjudgment sent him on a downward spiral that cost him a playing career, two marriages, several wrecked relationships, and above all his legacy in Ohio’s capital city, where the fortunes of the OSU team are never far from people’s minds.

As Andy tracks a laptop and a killer from the toniest of the city’s suburbs to its grittiest neighborhoods, he must confront a dark figure from his past and prove that this time he won’t drop the ball.
- (Chicago Distribution Center)

Author Biography

Andrew Welsh-Huggins is a legal affairs reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio, a major midwestern city. He has written extensively on capital punishment, the drug trade, and politics.
- (Chicago Distribution Center)

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It's kind of a sleazy job, but with two child-support payments on his plate, Columbus, Ohio, investigator and disgraced former OSU quarterback Andy Hayes can't be picky. His client was videotaped making advances toward a friend's 18-year-old daughter, and now he's being blackmailed. Andy confronts the blackmailer (the teenage boyfriend of the girl), confiscates the laptop, and figures he'll clear the hard drive in a day or two. The kid's dad calls and asks for the laptop back. Andy says no. Then someone assaults Andy and steals the laptop. The FBI gets involved when the guy who whacked Andy is found dead. Suddenly, everyone wants that laptop, and Andy tries to minimize the body count. Andy is an agreeable narrator with a dry wit and a bit of a martyr's complex. His dark past under center for the Buckeyes plays into the satisfying conclusion of this solid debut thriller from an AP legal-affairs reporter based in Columbus. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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