You know the old story - the good cop forced out by corrupt forces. But in a twist, August Snow sued and won a huge settlement, and after a detour to Norway, Snow, the son of a black Dad and Mexican mom, has returned back to Detroit and settled back into his parents’ home in Mexicantown. While trying to bring the block back from the dead, he gets a strange call from a wealthy and rather rude heiress, who thinks something funny is happening at her private investment bank. And soon enough, she’s dead. Despite her bad behavior, Snow has a compulsion to find out the truth, and this leads him into what turns out to be a far more sinister plot than he could have imagined. No doubt this is detective fiction on steroids, but boy, can that be a lot of fun!— Daniel Goldin
From the wealthy suburbs to the remains of Detroit's bankrupt factory districts, August Snow is a fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay. Tough, smart, and struggling to stay alive, August Snow is the embodiment of Detroit. The son of an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother, August grew up in the city's Mexicantown and joined the police force only to be drummed out by a conspiracy of corrupt cops and politicians. But August fought back; he took on the city and got himself a $12 million wrongful dismissal settlement that left him low on friends. He has just returned to the house he grew up in after a year away, and quickly learns he has many scores to settle. It's not long before he's summoned to the palatial Grosse Pointe Estates home of business magnate Eleanore Paget. Powerful and manipulative, Paget wants August to investigate the increasingly unusual happenings at her private wealth management bank. But detective work is no longer August's beat, and he declines. A day later, Paget is dead of an apparent suicide--which August isn't buying for a minute. What begins as an inquiry into Eleanore Paget's death soon drags August into a rat's nest of Detroit's most dangerous criminals, from corporate embezzlers to tattooed mercenaries.
About the Author
Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. He worked in advertising and marketing communications for a number of years before turning to fiction. August Snow is his first novel.