Random Violence

A Jade de Jong Investigation

Book 1
Soho Press
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“A page turner of a story, intriguing characters—Jade is particularly memorable—and a wealth of South African color . . . At once brutal and beautiful” (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
 
In Johannesburg, prosperous whites live in gated communities; when they exit their cars to open the gates, car-jackings are common. But seldom is the victim killed, much less shot twice, like Annette Botha. The husband of the wealthy woman is the primary suspect in his wife’s murder.
 
PI Jade de Jong fled South Africa ten years ago after her father was killed. Now back in town, she offers to help her father’s former assistant, Supt. David Patel, with his investigation of this case. Under apartheid, Patel, of Indian descent, could never have attained his present position. But he is feeling pressure from his “old line” boss with respect to this investigation and fears lingering prejudice is at work.
 
As Jade probes into this and other recent car-jacking cases, a pattern begins to emerge, a pattern that goes back to her father’s murder and that involves a vast and intricate series of crimes for profit.
 
“Jade de Jong kicks ass.” —NPR
 
“[A] triumphant debut . . . The plot has more than its fair share of nice twists, and Mackenzie does a superb job of making the reader care for her gutsy lead while offering a glimpse at life in South Africa after apartheid.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Hard-edged . . . [A] remarkable new sleuth.” —The New York Times Book Review
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About the author

Jassy Mackenzie was born in Zimbabwe Rhodesia and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. She lives in Kyalami near Johannesburg and edits and writes for the annual publication Best of South Africa. She is the author of the following Jade de Jong novels, Random ViolenceStolen LivesThe Fallen, and Pale Horses, and collaborated with James Patterson on the New York Times–bestselling BookShot thriller Private: Gold.
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Publisher
Soho Press
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Published on
Apr 1, 2010
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Pages
331
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ISBN
9781569478875
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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This content is DRM protected.
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