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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 (August Snow)

Winner of the Hammett Prize for Crime Fiction (August Snow)

Finalist for the Shamus Award (August Snow)

Finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award (Lives Laid Away)

Strand Magazine Critics Awards Best First Novel Nominee (August Snow)

A 2018 Michigan Notable Book (August Snow)

A 2022 Michigan Notable Book (Dead of Winter)
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice (Dead of Winter)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of the Year (August Snow


“A P.I. story with an eye toward social issues and a firm grasp on the tropes of the genre, making it fresh and familiar at the same time.” S.A. Cosby, The Washington Post

“Four years ago, Stephen Mack Jones introduced August Snow, the caustic, mordantly funny hero of his private detective series, at a time when the subgenre appeared to be on the ropes. What a difference an interval marked by civil unrest, an ongoing pandemic and growing income inequality makes: P.I. fiction has never seemed more relevant, and Snow’s third outing, Dead of Winter, stands out among the crowded pack.” The New York Times Book Review

“Fending off super-baddies from running real-estate fraud in his beloved Mexicantown neighborhood of Detroit, August Snow tussles with enemies old and new in this edgy thriller that includes cannily delivered observations on climate change and systemic racism.” The Boston Globe


August Snow is a terrific character; rough and tumble, undaunted and implacably tenacious, his wit so sharp it’ll make you bleed.” Joe Ide, author of the IQ novels

This book is so good, I actually put it down, and I briefly entertained the notion of moving back to Detroit.” NPR, Morning Edition

“Mayhem-packed first novel . . . Snow’s own voice has echoes of Raymond Chandler’s.” —The Wall Street Journal

Wonderful.” —KUOW Seattle

“Stephen Mack Jones's rock-solid debut, August Sno
w, is powered by the outgoing personality of the title hero and his deep  affections for his hometown of Detroit.” —Chicago Tribune


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

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