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 

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

ayhem-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 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.” —The Boston Globe

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

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