When the body of an anonymous young Hispanic woman dressed as Queen Marie Antoinette is dredged from the Detroit River, the Detroit Police Department wants the case closed out fast. Wayne County Coroner Dr. Bobby Falconi gives the woman’s photo to his old pal August Snow, insisting August show it around his native Mexicantown to see if anyone recognizes her. August’s good friend Elena, a prominent advocate for undocumented immigrants, recognizes the woman immediately. Her story is one the authorities don’t want getting around—and she’s not the only young woman to have disappeared during an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, only to turn up dead a few weeks later. Preyed upon by the law itself, the people of Mexicantown have no one to turn to. August Snow, ex-police detective, will not sit by and watch his neighbors suffer in silence. In a guns-blazing wild ride across Detroit, from its neo-Nazi biker hole-ups to its hip-hop recording studios, its swanky social clubs to its seedy nightclubs, August puts his own life on the line to protect the community he loves.
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. His critically acclaimed debut novel, August Snow, has been nominated for the Hammett and the Strand Awards.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read the first book in this series yesterday. Today I finished the second book in the Augustus Snow series. It continues the same quality of plot, excitement (violence and action), and excellent characterization from the first book plus some great new characters. Can't wait for the next one. Write fast please, Write fast!
Enjoyed the first book. Unfortunately this one was a BIG waste of money. Doesn't seem like the same author wrote this one. Immature; disjointed; unintelligent.
August Snow is a former detective who went after the wrong person (apparently in the first of the series) and lost his job but gained millions in a settlement with the city. Now he flips houses and gets involved in ICE raids and secret conspiracies. While the politics are timely and I have no problem with the sentiments, the way the characters often interact seemed forced. I often love action but this one never caught on for me. I had trouble with the motivations of many of the characters. Some seemed on the stereotype side and there seemed to be a lacking balance to this book that I couldn't put my finger on. I know others may enjoy the action, guns, etc. It just missed the mark for me in many ways. I wanted to solve the mystery, but found myself skimming.