Andy Hayes

A mystery in the Ohio Statehouse? Capital idea. Even better? “Capitol Punishment” is out TODAY from @ohiounivpress #mysteries

“I think there is only one thing in the world I can’t understand, and that is Ohio politics.” So spake Teddy Roosevelt, and it appears to be as true today as a century ago. The comment is also a central theme in Capitol Punishment, the third in my Andy Hayes private eye series, whose official publication date is today! The book revolves around a murder in the Ohio Statehouse during a presidential election year with all eyes on the perennial swing state. What a bargain: you can pay your taxes by midnight, then read a mystery about the people who levy those charming obligations. Want to know more about mystery writing, murder and maybe even taxes? Stop by one of the upcoming events associated with the series and the new book . . .

_ Westerville Library, April 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. I’ll be appearing with fellow Columbus mystery writer Yolonda Tonette Sanders to talk about the process of writing mysteries.

_ Ohioana Book Festival, April 23, Sheraton Columbus on Capitol Square, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stop by Table 1 to see me, and don’t miss the “Mystery, Thrills, and Suspense” panel at I0:15 a.m. in Legislative Room B (is that perfect for Capitol Punishment or what?) where I’ll discuss mystery writing along with Dan Andriacco, Shelley Costa, Yolonda Tonette Sanders and Sam Thomas.

_ Statehouse tour, May 21, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., beginning in the Statehouse map room. A tour of sites in the Statehouse that play a role in Capitol Punishment, followed by a signing at the museum shop.

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  1. Anything with Capitol (or Capital) Punishment in the title will always get my attention. I wish I was closer to Columbus so I could attend more of your presentations on fiction. I do nonfiction, but always using and wanting to learn more fiction technique.
    I don’t think I intro’d myself, but believe I saw you working at the Ronald Ray Post clemency hearing two or three years ago. I have tons of notes and articles from my death row work, probably enough to make a good start on some true crime novels. I’m just not sure how I feel [ethically] about using the material.
    I’ll try to “afford” your Statehouse novel in time to read it by 21 May, and make it to the Statehouse tour. On the other hand, Westerville sounds like a really informative and interesting evening; if I was closer than Cinti I’d try to make all three. I’ve been off too long and need to clean out the mental cobwebs so I can get back to what I really love: literary journalism/creative nonfiction and ethnography.
    I think it’s wonderful that an experienced writer [you] make yourself so available to fans and new writers.
    Eric Lose

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