August Snow

Created by Stephen Mack Jones

His dad was black and his mom was Hispanic, and there’s no doubt former Marine, former police officer and current private eye AUGUST SNOW is inordinately proud of where he comes from. Even if it’s often a thin line he walks between his neighbours in Detroit’s Mexicotown and his former comrades on the Detroit PD.

Of course, it helps that he’s gobsmacking rich, courtesy of a $12 million wrongful termination suit he filed against the city after he was booted from the police department for more or less doing his job. Suffice it to say it didn’t leave him many friends on the force. Especially among the powers that be.

His eponymous debut, August Snow (2017), drew a ton of acclaim, including winning the Hammett Prize for Crime Fiction, and being a finalist for both the Shamus and Nero Wolfe Awards.

Hammett? Nero Wolfe? Funny. For all the Trumped-up ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter (Racism! Immigration! ICE!), the private eye Snow reminds me of is not any of those coldly pragmatic, hard-boiled dicks concocted by Hammett. And certainly he doesn’t remind me of the thoughtful, sedentary Nero Wolfe. No, the private eye August Snow really reminds me of is… John Carroll Daly’s trigger-happy Race Williams.


Stephen Mack Jones, a published poet and award-winning playwright,  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.


  • “Operatically violent and hilariously funny, with dialogue to die for. I’ll read whatever Stephen Mack Jones writes.”
    — Timothy Hallinan 
  • “August Snow… is so good, I actually put it down, and I briefly entertained the notion of moving back to Detroit.”
    — Nancy Pearl, NPR’s Morning Edition


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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