The End of the Road (Hardcover)

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A Library Journal Best Thriller Book of the Year

A bank robber tries to leave behind his life of crime after serving his time. But getting out isn’t so easy.

Myles’s courtroom testimony should have put Pryor, their one-eyed ringleader, behind bars after the bank robbery gone wrong, yet somehow Pryor got off scot-free while Myles served time. Now, upon his release, Myles decides he is done with his life of wrongdoing—a change that will only be possible if he can kill Pryor and turn over a new leaf. Pryor has other ideas, and the collision between these two deadly forces soon leaves the ex-con in critical condition, clinging to life in a hospital bed.

With Myles in recovery, it’s up to his girlfriend Penny to avenge her lover and salvage their chance at normalcy. As Pryor and his cronies prepare for their biggest score yet–targeting a vulnerable small-town Ohio bank on a day when Amish farmers arrive with hefty cash deposits–Penny is hot on their heels. But is she prepared for the carnage Pryor will gleefully wreak on the path to his prize?

With characters as sharply drawn as those in a Dennis Lehane novel and a rich Midwestern setting, The End of the Road is a fast-paced rural noir that announces Andrew Welsh-Huggins as one of the most powerful voices in the mystery world.

About the Author

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, an editor and reporter for the Associated Press in Columbus, is the author of nonfiction books on the death penalty and terrorism, and six novels about private eye Andy Hayes, an ex–Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned investigator. Welsh-Huggins's short story "The Murderous Type" won the 2017 Al Blanchard Award for best New England short crime fiction.

Praise For…

Hardboiled, All-American noir . . . Welsh-Huggins’s vivid sense of place and incisive characterizations create a believable portrayal of  both utterly depraved evil and the genuine goodness of those decent, brave few who are heroic without ever knowing it. An epic small-town mid-Western.
— David Gordon, author of The Wild Life

The End of the Road by the talented Andrew Welsh-Huggins starts with a bang. Literally. And the tension and stakes only rise from there. This is the riveting and highly entertaining portrait of two unlikely but relentlessly determined protagonists who are seeking justice and peace at any cost. Smart, engaging, and expertly written—don’t miss it.

— David Bell, USA Today bestselling author of The Finalists

A gripping novel that will latch onto you and refuse to let go all the way to its explosive end. The End of the Road sizzles with the sparks of its looming conflagration.

— Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize finalist author of The Bright Forever

An elegant crime story … packed with quirky, entertaining characters and told in flowing prose that has a life of its own…. Recommend this to action fans and to anyone who can respond to golden—if blood-soaked—prose.
— Booklist

A crackerjack crime yarn chockablock with miscreants and a supersonic pace.
— Kirkus

Noirish until near the very end, THE END OF THE ROAD has an especially heart-thumping climax. Andrew Welsh-Huggins has some serious writing skills on full display.
— Deadly Pleasures

[A] captivating chronicle of carnage … The End of the Road broadens [Wesh-Huggins’s] portfolio and reaffirms his artistry.

— The Free Lance-Star

Readers might want to clear their schedules, because once they start reading The End of the Road, it's hard to put down.

— Midwest Book Review

A complex tale of revenge and retribution … Readers will be on the edge of their seats until the end of this satisfying thriller.
— Ohioana Quarterly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781613163825
ISBN-10: 1613163827
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Publication Date: April 11th, 2023
Pages: 312
Language: English