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Lives Laid Away

(August Snow #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Detroit ex-cop August Snow takes up vigilante justice when his beloved neighborhood of Mexicantown is caught in the crosshairs of a human traffickingscheme.

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 Falco
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Soho Crime
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booktopia-2019
This series is just plain fun. Easy to read because Jones has a gift for dialogue and pacing.
The mouth watering food descriptions don't hurt either. You could gain 5 lbs just reading this book.
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. When this book is published in January 2019, everyone who loves a great read should get this #2 in Stephen Mack Jones' August Snow series.

Received an advance copy of the book from Soho Press. As impressed as I was with Jones' debut, August Snow, the second outing is, I think, even better. I picked up the book earlier today and read at least 2/3rds of the book before bed. The storyline includes some truly disturbing elements, but doesn't wallow in them
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Man, I love this series and this author. Gritty, smart-alecky, peppered with pop culture references. I read this entire book in fewer than 24 hours, not just because it was due at the library the day I started it. (Thank you for one day grace period.)
Some characters introduced in August Snow thankfully return for this second episode (Jimmy, Tomás, Elena, O'Donnell...) and some that I hoped would be continuing characters (Oligivy and Lucy) contribute much to the action and then leave (sniff).
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktopia-2019
I love how Jones includes such incredible detail in his writing. He always mentions the beer the characters are drinking, their style or brand of clothing, and other such things. The attention to detail is incredible. I felt like I was watching an action-packed thriller whilst reading this novel. I can't wait to meet the author at Booktopia.
Linda Robinson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Her secret ingredient was nutmeg." August Octavio Snow is making salsa in his kitchen on Markham Street in Mexicantown in Detroit. Jimmy Radmon, Carlos Rodriguez, Sylvia and Carmela. Tomás and Elena Gutieriez. Bobby Falconi. While Snow rhumba ruminates, we find out what/who is new in the neighborhood since we left.

The shady shiny SUV crawling the street in dark-heart hours.

Apollonius "Brutus" Jeffries. Trent T. R. Ogilvy, man-bun Brit yoga instructor at Club Brutus. Detective Captain Leo Cowlin
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
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 goo
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booktopia-2019
I am in love with this series. The second book in the August Snow series was even faster paced than the first. Non stop action with humor, grit and even touching moments. This would make an incredible limited series for cable! Cannot wait to see what comes next for August Snow!
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure I liked this one as much as the previous one, but I liked it a lot.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book made me very hungry. Not usually a mystery reader but this was hard to put down.
Cathy Cole
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Stephen Mack Jones' August Snow and looked forward to a new book. Snow won a wrongful dismissal suit against the Detroit Police Department and the City of Detroit, and he's used the $12 million settlement to renovate the houses of Mexicantown one at a time. He's bringing his neighborhood back to life, and I really like that. From Snow's voice to the book's secondary cast, from the information about Detroit to its tone of pragmatic hopefulness, the first book really had me lookin ...more
Jamie Canaves
PI & Action!–Would Make A Great TV Show Adaptation (TW suicide/ human trafficking/ rape)

If you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while now you know I’m a fan of ’80s/’90s action movies and mystery/thrillers that are either that in book form or have scenes like that. Jones has created a great character, community, mystery, and tossed in some action scenes which I love! August Snow is a former Detroit cop living in Mexicantown, Detroit, where he helps take care of the community, and works
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
When August Snow was released I was one of its biggest fans. That book was a 5 star+ novel so I was anxious for the next one. Lives Laid Away is a good read but feel it falls way short of the debut novel. The liberal views expressed didn’t bother me, nor did the violence but I have to question why so much violence was necessary for the story line. I question why it was so necessary that the death count along with so much violence and death had to be part of the story line to get points across? A ...more
Meredith Rankin
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thoughts: When I first began Lives Laid Away, it dazzled me. This is definitely a 5 star book! I thought. But as I continued reading, a vague disappointment settled over me.

A few issues:  

The ending
No spoilers. While it brought the story around full circle, the ending lacked the pizzazz of the beginning. The snappy voice was the same; the characters were now familiar; questions were answered. But were those the questions I had? Were they the ones I wanted answered? Did I need those last t
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lives Laid Away
It has been a few months since the events in August Snow and it is dark times in the “Mexicantown” area of Detroit. ICE agents in their blacked out Chevy Suburbans are rolling through the area, especially at night, going after anyone and everyone. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are following the unofficial motto favored by the locals – “If it is brown, lock it down.” (Page 2)

While they go around putting fear in the hearts of everyone by their presence, real crime still
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
As much as I enjoyed the first novel, set in Mexicantown of Detroit, but using the entire Metro area as a backdrop, this one veered between formulaic -- think of badass Jack Reacher who talks a lot more, embraces his mixed heritage, and also definitely DOES place value in material possessions, even if much of his largesse is to help other people -- and strangely falling flat in the authenticity department. The latter seems to matter a lot to Jones, who is clearly of the James Lee Burke school of ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Jones is both a good writer and a good story teller. August Snow and his friends and neighbors are still a great group of people to spend time with, the dialogue is always crisp and clever, and his portrait of the city of Detroit, its neighborhoods and its scenes in their latest incarnation is as real as it gets. There are a couple of new characters in the mix who deserve to come back and become regulars – Lucy Three Rivers, a tough Native American teenage hacking wizard and Trent T. R. Ogilvy, ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, netgalley
Lives Laid Away is the second book featuring August Snow, a former cop in Detroit. I haven't read the first book but had no trouble following this one; Jones summarizes what we need to know. Snow gets involved in a case after undocumented women start getting murdered, and all signs lead to ICE and some local neo Nazis. Snow doesn't necessarily do a whole lot of detective work per se; more like he finds some info out and then goes somewhere and starts shooting people. There were a few threads in ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, detroit
I don't know if I loved this book because of the accurate picture it gives of Detroit or the plot. Snow is a former police officer who was unfairly fired. He won a 12 million lawsuit against the city. With the money is rehabbing a street in Mexicantown. He spends his money to help others. He is black and Mexican. He grew up in the area he is living in now. When Wayne County Coroner Dr. Bobby Falconi calls him about a Mexican girl dressed as Marie Antoinette found dead after being tortured in the ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, hard-boiled
This was, for me, a disappointing sequel. The characters could be good, the setting could be interesting. (Actually, to be fair, the setting (Detroit) IS interesting.) But I think most of the character stuff is either sacrificed to or developed through extremely violent action. If you love books with high body counts, this is for you. But I don't and so it's not. Snow (the main character) is perhaps a good man but his propensity to stop off at the gun locker on his way to do just about anything ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to state from the outset that I know the author, so maybe I should recuse myself from writing a review. But this book is so good, I just can't refrain from proffering my two cents.

Like his eponymous first book, AUGUST SNOW, this one's a detective novel, also featuring the heroic Mr. Snow, an ex-cop living in Detroit, who gets drawn into a complicated caper. While I'm not gung ho about the political slant of the narrative -- Snow's social activism is a tad too liberal for my taste -- I st
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Terrible! Too much politically correct identity politics. The first part of the book is filled with the bad, stupid, no sympathy or empathy, beastly drones of the ICE pursuing the people in the country illegally, but otherwise fine upstanding citizens productivly employed that should not be bothered about the little matter of legal immigration. If they are in our country they should be welcomed and protected!!! Just too much far-left compassion without regard for the consequences and unforeseen ...more
Lindsay Scott
I wanted to like this book, because the narrator sounded really interesting, but I ended up abandoning it about halfway through because I just wasn't being pulled into the story. I didn't know when I picked it up that it was a sequel, so maybe if I read the first book, I'd feel differently. I see a lot of reviews that say this book wasn't as strong as the first one, though.

I will say that the author clearly knows Detroit very well, and the amount of detail he gives in describing the setting rea
Diane Levine
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hated this to end!

This is the second book in the series that I have read. This author is so good. The story is so tight, the flow of the action and the characters in the event is spot-on. And at the very end I was surprised and amazed and so clear set this was a righteous in me.

I am a character and relationship person. These stories are built on these factors. And I am a Detroit girl. Only left home after college. Have such great memories of that City before the big trouble. This writer brings m
Kathleen Gray
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strong characters and a propulsive, topical plot made this a very good read. Set in the darker edges of Detroit, it's about more than August Snow trying to find out what happened to Isadora, a young Hispanic woman found dead in the river. August is one of those ex-detectives you want on your side because he will keep poking until he gets answers. In this case, the exploitation of the people of Mexicantown does not sit well with him and he won't rest until there's some justice, not only for Izzy ...more
Amy Brown
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm trying to read books across the 50 states. This book is my Michigan one. It's book 2 in the August Snow series. Girls are being murdered and Detroit ex-cop August Snow utilizes his friends in Mexicantown and his knowledge of Detroit's criminal scene to find out what is going on. There's ICE preying on his neighbors, neo-Nazi bikers, night clubs, and well-known Detroit residents potentially involved in human trafficking. Snow's love of his neighbors and hometown compels him to solve the myste ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the second August Snow novel, and while I really enjoyed the first one, I found myself bored by this one. This book is mostly just a bunch of dudes running around Detroit with big guns, shooting anyone and everyone, apparently with impunity. The first book had some elements of this, but at least it felt more thoughtful about when and why these things were happening. There's very little well thought out social commentary in this one, which is too bad because with the main conflict centeri ...more
Ronald Koltnow
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
To be published by The Soho Press in January 2019
August Snow as one of the great debuts of 2017. It recently won the Nero Wolfe Award. Now, Snow is back. In his follow-up tale, the ex-cop turned social activist battles ICE and a rabid biker gang who are preying on the Latina population of his Mexicantown neighborhood. August Snow is like Jack Reacher, except he has a social conscience and plenty of friends and a community he loves. However, this adrenaline-paced novel is as exciting as any book
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Another great tale by Stephen Mack Jones. It's fast-paced, sarcastic, humorous and filled with snappy dialogue (gee, I wish I could spill such clever repartee). Just when you think you got the plot figured, he throws in another surprise. Reminds me a bit of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series, set in MPLS where the hero rolls with his loyal buddies to take on the bad in the world. Lot's of decent characters to balance out the meanies. And at the basis of it all, a hero with brain, heart and i ...more
Once I accepted that this book is completely outlandish, I enjoyed it a bit more. Our Hero and his cohorts (including a smart-mouthed teenage hacker) assault federal agents, steal evidence from crime scenes, waltz in and out of bad guys' lairs leaving carnage behind, and engage in gun battles at many of Detroit's landmarks, and only receive a finger-wagging from friendly feds and cops. Amidst all the OTT action was a timely and incisive commentary on how the current immigration crackdown is affe ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A clever, punchy tale set in one of today’s more romantic locales: Detroit. A city climbing back from ruin is a great backdrop for redemptive stories like this one, about a native who is renovating houses on his childhood street to try and rebuild the neighborhood he grew up in. Stephen Mack Jones is also a playwright and a poet, which means he knows how to make every word count. This timely story of ICE raids with a sinister motive has heart and muscle aplenty. (And it’s the second in a series, ...more
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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.

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