The Crime Writers’ Association

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2019


Stephen Mack Jones

Lives Laid Away

Published by: Soho Crime

A slow-burning thriller that is a heart-breaking and compassionate tale of human trafficking and social injustice. The dialogue is whip-sharp, the characters vivid and the sense of place and time is powerful, clear and topical with its look at immigration, race, cruelty and desperation in Trump’s America. Stephen Mack Jones nods to Chandler with his wisecracking, the ‘down these mean streets’ vibe is wonderfully engaging and Snow’s fierce love of his Mexicantown, Detroit neighbourhood, and the people who live there, is wholly believable.

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