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.



Stephen Mack Jones | ISBN: 9781616958688 | ebook ISBN: 9781616957193 | Trade Paperback | Soho Crime

Winner of the Nero Award
Winner of the Hammett Prize for Crime Fiction
Finalist for the Shamus Award

Finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award
Strand Magazine Critics Awards Best First Novel Nominee
A 2018 Michigan Notable Book
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of 2017 


This book is so good, I actually put it down,

and I briefly entertained the notion of moving back to Detroit.”
—NPR, Morning Edition

“[A] witty,
mayhem-packed first novel . . . Snow’s own
voice has echoes of Raymond Chandler’s.”
—The Wall Street Journal

—KUOW Seattle

“Stephen Mack Jones's
rock-solid debut, August Snow, is

powered by the outgoing personality of the title hero and his deep

affections for his hometown of Detroit.”
—Chicago Tribune

“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.”
—The Boston Globe


“A superb start for a new series.”

—Lansing State Journal 

“​Mack Jones’s prose is razor sharp and bleeds compassion.”
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ​

“[A] polished,
gripping debut.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune

August Snow is an
entertaining read that gives Jones—and

Detroit—plenty to celebrate.”
—Toledo Blade

“As far as
compelling reads, this book is what you want. The book takes the reader into the depths of Detroit, exploring, race, class and the cities that contain it all.”
—The Rumpus

[The] cast of characters is lovingly drawn, and the setting is a 21st-century map of mean streets that say something about our world.”
—Reviewing the Evidence



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