“August Snow” by Stephen Mack Jones #amreading #mysteries

Today’s recommended read: August Snow, by Stephen Mack Jones, published this year.

Where I acquired it: Paragraphs bookstore in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

From the jacket: “Tough, smart, and struggling to stay afloat, August Snow is the embodiment of Detroit. 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…”

My overly simplistic take: W.L. Ripley’s Wyatt Storme meets George Pelcanos’ Derek Strange.

Why I liked it: Protagonist August Snow, a black-Mexican ex-cop turned private eye, is a unique, vividly drawn character who breathes life into the private eye genre. Jones brings Snow’s Detroit alive with many memorable descriptions, several of them mouth-watering scenes in local restaurants.

Memorable line: “We are defined by those we could have helped and chose not to.”



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