August Snow

August Snow

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"Tough, smart, and struggling to stay afloat, August Snow is the embodiment of Detroit. The son of an African American father and a Mexican mother, August grew up in Detroit's Mexicantown and joined the Detroit police only to be drummed out of the force 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 Point 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. From the wealthy suburbs to the near-post-apocalyptic remains of the bankrupt city's factory districts, August Snow is a fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay in modern Detroit"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Soho Crime,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781616957186
1616957182
Branch Call Number: M JONE
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 22 cm

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LauraSteinert
Oct 21, 2017

I tend to be particularly (and negatively) critical about authors who claim to write literature. I give five stars very often for pulp fiction (werewolves, vampires, female private detectives) but rarely give more than four stars for "serious literature" (pretentiousness and substituting endless details and descriptions for meaning does not qualify a book as Lit.). This book could have earned six stars it that were an option. (see quotes page) Jones uses his skills as a poet to create vivid pictures of the desolation of Detroit, the areas of revival, and the struggle of people trying to survive in impossible circumstances. This novel has social criticism, laugh-out-loud humor, passages that must be read to friends and family, pages that leave the reader frustrated or angry or determined to change the world we have come to passively accept. It also has a fast-paced detective story, interesting--an very real--characters, woven into a fantasy about a poor cop getting rich. It was hard to put it down once I read the first page.

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pterry25
Sep 03, 2017

Very well written. You get a good feel for the Detroit area and the challenges. The book is funny, the characters believable, you want to see what happens next. It may be a debut work, but the author hits it out of the park.

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Bookworm1562
Jul 12, 2017

"August Snow" was recommended by the Minneapolis Tribune as a summer read. It was a delightful surprise. Stephen Mack Jones is right there with the Connellys and Childs. I loved learning a little about Detroit and the people who call it home. I think Jones has a very bright future. I hope this is just the first of a series about a new hero named August Snow.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 21, 2017

Much to the delight of Lutherans, Baptists, the affluent Catholics of Oakland County and atheists, the Archdiocese of Detroit has closed or merged nearly sixty Catholic churches in the past year leaving the city's downtown black, Hispanic, elderly and poor Catholics feeling abandoned by a church they had prayed in and tithed to for years. Now, the people who'd suffered the most during Detroit's perpetual slide into financial insolvency felt even more marginalized and afraid.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 21, 2017

Contrary to popular belief, Detroit's "white flight" didn't start in the '60s. Gringos have always been "flying" out of the concentric circles of Detroit. All in an effort to avoid--well--everybody: The Germans. The Italians. The Irish. Greeks. Swedes. Finns. Blacks. Mexicans. Vietnamese. Now the influx of Chaldeans and Middle East Muslims.
All of us have our angry and fearsome ghosts in this mad America.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 21, 2017

"Eating at a damn lunch counter or sitting at the front of the bus are the little tokens that would have you believe progress has been made," she said. "The lines are still drawn in black and white. Even for the president of the United States. They're just drawn in mostly invisible ink. Especially in Michigan. In Detroit. This place--these people--corrupt black politicians and bigoted white business people--it is Louisiana 1965, only with better lakes and more Starbucks."

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