Stolen Lives

A Jade de Jong Investigation

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A South African PI chases down a vicious ring of criminals in this mystery by an author who “captures Johannesburg’s ‘crazy boomtown energy’” (The New York Times).
 
When wealthy Pamela Jordaan hires PI Jade de Jong as a bodyguard after her husband Terrance disappears, Jade thinks keeping an eye on this anxious wife will be an easy way to earn some cash. But when a determined shooter nearly kills them both and Jade finds Terrance horrifically tortured and barely alive, she realizes that she has been drawn into a wicked game.
 
At the same time, her relationship with police superintendent David Patel is on the rocks, and things only get more complicated when his son is kidnapped and his wife is blackmailed. It soon becomes clear that the kidnapping and the attempted killings of Pamela and her husband are tied to a human trafficking ring that stretches from Johannesburg to London.
 
From the New York Times–bestselling coauthor of Private: Gold, who “does a superb job of making the reader care for her gutsy lead while offering a glimpse at life in South Africa after apartheid,” this is a gritty, gripping work of international crime fiction (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
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About the author

Jassy Mackenzie was born in Rhodesia and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. She is the author of three previous Jade de Jong novels: Random Violence, Stolen Lives, and The Fallen. Mackenzie writes and edits for the annual publication Best of South Africa.
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Publisher
Soho Press
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Published on
Apr 12, 2011
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781569479100
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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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“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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