The debut crime novel of Stephen Mack Jones titled “August Snow” has grabbed the attention of famous Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as he wants to make a TV show out of the story.
Stephen Mack Jones, 62, narrates the story of a black Latino ex-Detroit cop in his novel who testified against a crooked mayor and corrupt police honchos and is adjusting to a Motor City that’s both gentrifying and decaying.
In August Snow, tough, smart, and struggling to stay alive, 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.
Since its February release, the book has received critical acclaim from media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe. This apparently got the attention of Weinstein, the film producer and studio executive who co-founded Miramax and serves as co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. with his brother Bob.
Jones got laid off from his advertising job around “12 to 15” years ago and started a freelance career afterwards. At one point, he worked as a salesman at a Toys R Us but his luck finally turned in 2012 when he won a Kresge Fellowship for the Literary Arts, a $25,000, no-strings-attached award given to Metro Detroit artists.
He began writing “August Snow” about two and a half years ago partially as a tribute to his father, who was a skilled tradesman at the Lansing Oldsmobile plant, and his mother, who at age 93 still reads “two books a week.” He hopes the potential TV show means he can write a series of August Snow novels.