The End of the Road (Hardcover)
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.
Andrew Welsh Huggins is the Shamus Award-nominated author of the Andy Hayes private eye series and editor of Columbus Noir.
— 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.
A crackerjack crime yarn chockablock with miscreants and a supersonic pace.
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