Dead of Winter
A shadowy Detroit real estate billionaire. A ruthless fixer. A successful Mexicantown family business in their crosshairs. Gentrification has never been bloodier.
Authentico Foods Inc. has been a part of Detroit’s Mexicantown for over thirty years, grown from a home kitchen business to a city block–long facility that supplies Mexican tortillas to restaurants throughout the Midwest.
Detroit ex-cop and Mexicantown native August Snow has been invited for a business meeting at Authentico Foods. Its owner, Ronaldo Ochoa, is dying, and is being blackmailed into selling the company to an anonymous entity. Worried about his employees, Ochoa wants August to buy it. August has no interest in running a tortilla empire, but he does want to know who’s threatening his neighborhood. Quickly, his investigation takes a devastating turn and he and his loved ones find themselves ensnared in a dangerous net of ruthless billionaire developers. August Snow must fight not only for his life, but for the soul of Mexicantown itself.
In Hammett Prize winner Jones's gritty third crime novel featuring Detroit PI August Snow (after 2019's Lives Laid Away), Snow gets a call to meet with Ronaldo Ochoa, the terminally ill owner of Authentico Foods, in the city's Mexicantown neighborhood. Ochoa, who employed Snow's mother for decades, is under pressure to sell out to a real estate speculator claiming to represent Vic Bronson, who "made his fortune selling mortgages and collecting adjustable-rate mortgage balloon payments in an overleveraged housing market." When Ochoa is found shot dead in his office and Snow's godfather and best friend, Tom s, is severely wounded, the detective saddles up to investigate and wreak vengeance. He brushes up against Bronson, who responds by sending thugs his way with a message to lay off. It's the wrong approach to take with hometown hero Snow. Readers should be prepared for a surfeit of foul-mouthed dialogue and a massive body count as the action builds to a violent lakeside showdown and troubling but conclusive revelations. Snow remains a distinctive lead capable of sustaining a long series.
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