Fictional characters’ resemblances to actual people aren’t always purely coincidental, of course. The it’s-all-made-up disclaimer before Page 1 is a legal shield, not a barrier that keeps authors from writing what they know.

And popular novelist Stephen Mack Jones of Farmington Hills certainly knows a real-life Detroit billionaire who’s distinctly like a pivotal figure in “Dead of Winter,” his newly published third book in a series about private investigator August Snow.

Stephen Mack Jones, author of three novels about a biracial former Detroit cop (Photo: Twitter)

The supposedly made-up character is introduced in Chapter 2 on Page

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