Andrew Welsh-Huggins has got their number
— the number that relates to classic hard-boiled mystery novels with
flawed heroes; complicated goings-on that come clear only in the final
pages; love affairs a long way from first love but more interesting than
that well-traveled route; and an ending that brings you up short by way
of revealing things, logical but surprising, that neither you nor the
central character guessed.
Offhand, what would you say Ohio has in common with the state of Texas? A propensity to execute its prisoners, that's what. In his recently released book 'No Winners Here Tonight,' Columbus-based Associated Press reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins says that in 1958 four states accounted for half the 48 U.S. executions (Ohio, Texas, California, Georgia), and by 2000 Ohio was second only to Texas in the number of people put to death each year.