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Soho Crime. (August Snow, Bk. 4). Nov. 2023. 360p. ISBN 9781641294959. $27.95. M
Donut shops that employ skilled killers, young hackers planning revenge, and midnight meetings at rundown cathedrals are typical of this Hammett Award–winning series set in Detroit. Ex-cop August Snow received a $12 million settlement from the city after he was fired and is using the money to restore his beloved neighborhood. While doing that, he’s built a found family, including two elderly neighbors, a young hacker, his godfather, and a Franciscan priest, Father Grabowski, who was beloved by August’s mother and abruptly retired following the hanging death of a young priest in a neighboring suburb. Put the suicide and retirement together with the sudden appearance of a priest who claims to be from the Vatican, and threatening phone calls to the retired priest, and Snow is suspicious. He doesn’t know much about Father Grabowski’s past, but he’ll dig for the truth. He won’t let religious fanatics or the Catholic Church hierarchy take down his friend without a fight.
VERDICT There’s a face-off between organized religion and friendship in Jones’s well-written, compelling sequel to Dead of Winter. It’s a gritty crime novel for fans of Joe Ide’s “IQ” series or David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s Winter Counts.
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