Get a Clue Presents Detroit Author Duo: Stephen Mack Jones and Aaron Foley

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

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Okemos, MI 48864

August Snow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616957186
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - February 14th, 2017

From the wealthy suburbs to the remains of Detroit’s bankrupt factory districts, August Snow is a fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay.

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. 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.

Praise for August Snow

“Drawing on the hard-boiled detective template established by Raymond Chandler and refined by Robert B. Parker, Jones introduces a sleuth who is noble, steadfast in a fight with his fists or guns, and manages to charm the ladies. Readers will definitely want to see more of August Snow.” —Library Journal

Strong prose and a hero with a distinctive multicultural background (August is half African-American, half Mexican)... Convincing smartass dialogue brings the Detroit denizens of poet and playwright Jones's first novel to life. —Publishers Weekly

“[A] hugely likable hero who uses his wealth to bring his neighborhood back to life; a feel for the vitality and pride in run-down urban neighborhoods as good as George Pelecanos on Washington, D.C.; appealing supporting characters who give life to the book's theme of the solace to be found in communities. It adds up to a very pleasurable read...we are at the beginning of an excellent new series.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This debut novel by poet and playwright Jones offers a welcome inside view of a city in turmoil and the viewpoint of a Mexican and African-American protagonist who now finds himself among gentrifiers... where library shelves lack heroes of color, add Jones’ work.” —Booklist

“[A] polished, gripping debut. Poet Stephen Mack Jones’ novel bristles with energy, compassion, humor and a page-turning plot.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass Cover Image
By Aaron Foley (Editor)
ISBN: 9780996836708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now-Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Belt Publishing - December 1st, 2015

Are you moving to Detroit because your rent is too high? Did you read somewhere that the only thing you needed to buy a house was the change in your couch cushions? Are you totally terrified about living in one of the most crime-plagued cities in the United States? Welcome to Detroit, and welcome to your social guidebook for all of you coastal transplants, wary suburbanites, unwitting gentrifiers, curious onlookers, die-hard natives and everyone in between.

With advice on everything from buying and rehabbing a house to not sounding like a completely uninformed racist when you talk to a black person, let us help you avoid falling into the “jackass” trap and become the productive, healthy Detroiter you’ve always wanted to be.

Praise for How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass

“Aaron Foley’s book is essential reading for anyone who cares about America’s cities and the racial and demographic differences that divide us. Foley delivers truths with humor and honesty.”–Celeste Headlee

“Aaron Foley possesses a preternatural ability to parse issues of race, class, urbanism, and pop culture in a complex and generous way that avoids tired orthodoxies and knee-jerk justifications but is always on the proper side of social justice.” –Vanity Fair

Get a Clue, the Schuler Mystery Author Series, is pleased to welcome poet and playwright (and Lansing native) Stephen Mack Jones, author of the highly anticipated Detroit-set thriller August Snow! August Snow has earned Stephen comparison to Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker and George Pelecanos, and Kirkus Reviews declared we are at the “beginning of an excellent new series.”

Stephen will be joined by Aaron Foley, author of the popular, tongue-in-cheek guidebook, How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass. Vanity Fair wrote a glowing review, saying that “Aaron Foley possesses a preternatural ability to parse issues of race, class, urbanism, and pop culture in a complex and generous way that avoids tired orthodoxies and knee-jerk justifications but is always on the proper side of social justice.”

About the Author

Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, award-winning playwright, and recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He survived a number of years in advertising and marketing communications. Mr. Jones was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. August Snow is his first novel.

About the Author

Aaron Foley grew up in Detroit, which gives him more street cred than a lot of others. He has written about Detroit for several local and national publications including CNN, Jalopnik, and MLive. His essay, "We Love Detroit, Even if You Don't," was included in A Detroit Anthology. He lives in Detroit.