August Snow, an ex-police detective who was fired from the Detroit PD, brought down the entire corrupt department and the mayor with a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. The son of an African-American cop and a Mexican-American painter, August Snow is most at home in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood, where he grew up—the neighborhood he’...
August Snow, an ex-police detective who was fired from the Detroit PD, brought down the entire corrupt department and the mayor with a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. The son of an African-American cop and a Mexican-American painter, August Snow is most at home in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood, where he grew up—the neighborhood he’s now returned to and hopes to revitalize with his settlement money of $12 million. The trouble is August has old enemies with scores to settle.
When an old acquaintance, finance magnate Eleanore Paget, hears August is back in town, she tries to hire him to investigate suspicious goings – on at her investment bank. August declines—detective work is no longer his beat. When Eleanore is found dead the next day of an apparent suicide, August doesn’t buy it for a minute. His search for her killer will drag him into a rat’s nest of Detroit’s most dangerous criminals.
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“All of us begin in grace and great promise and, staring at the door left open behind, wonder where they’ve gone. Stephen Mack Jones knows this, as does his narrator August Snow, as does their battered city, Detroit. Jean Cocteau believed the world is a misunderstanding. We read searching for stories that help us untangle some of that misunderstanding; August Snow is one.”
“[A] hugely likable hero who uses his wealth to bring his neighborhood back to life; a feel for the vitality and pride in run-down urban neighborhoods as good as George Pelecanos on Washington, D.C.; appealing supporting characters who give life to the book's theme of the solace to be found in communities. It adds up to a very pleasurable read...we are at the beginning of an excellent new series.”
“August Snow is an absolute joy to read from start to finish; Stephen Mack Jones has infused a real love of Detroit into every page. Characters are full of life, with August being a modern day anti-hero to a T, burdened with responsibility he never asked for but with the moral compass to ensure that he gets the job done regardless...We can only hope this isn’t the last we see of him. ”
“[Stephen Mack Jones] has deftly created a unique multi-faceted character in the best hard-boiled tradition, easily enjoyed by those who appreciate quick-thinking, fast-shooting detectives. This is a well-polished first novel with exceptionally strong characters and unexpected plot twists; it’s a superb start for a new series.”
“Compelling...strong one-on-one dialogue that keeps the story moving. August Snow is an entertaining read that gives Jones — and Detroit — plenty to celebrate.”
“Jones, a Detroit-area poet and playwright brings the city, its environs, and its eateries to vital life in a mystery coiled around the contemporary crime du jour of cyber-finance meddling. His is that rare tale that, despite its thriller-level violence, maintains a fiercely warm heart at its core — and ends far too quickly.”