Random Violence by Jassy Mackenzie
A Jade de Jong Investigation

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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. Piet Botha, the husband of the wealthy woman, is the primary suspect in his wife's murder.

P.I. 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, Superintendent 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.
 

About Jassy Mackenzie

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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, and she edits and writes for the annual publication Best of South Africa.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Soho Crime. 331 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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As a private investigator, a cop's daughter proves a chip off the old block when she solves a tough, tangled murder.

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Set in contemporary South Africa, Mackenzie’s triumphant debut introduces PI Jade de Jong. After roaming the world for a decade, Jade returns home to Johannesburg to take her revenge on the c

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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.

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Review: Jade de Jong returns to South Africa ten years after the murder of her father, a Johannesburg Police Commissioner, ostensibly to work as a private investigator but with revenge foremost in her mind, in Random Violence, the first mystery in this series by Jassy Mackenzie.Jade barely has ti...

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