Stolen Lives by Jassy Mackenzie


9 Critic Reviews

Under Mackenzie's deft hand, Jo'berg and Jade crackle with frenetic energy.
-Publishers Weekly


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.

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 12, 2011 by Soho Crime. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1


Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Feb 15 2011

Jade's sophomore adventure (Random Violence, 2010) provides a crackling pace and nonstop action, though little narrative finesse.

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Publishers Weekly

Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Feb 07 2011

Under Mackenzie's deft hand, Jo'berg and Jade crackle with frenetic energy.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Aug 29 2011

The intricate plot is fun, surprising and it’ll keep you on your toes. If you like mysteries, suspense and thrills, then this series is for you.

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Mysterious Reviews

Reviewed by Mysterious Reviews on Mar 01 2011

From strong characters and an exotic setting to intricately devised investigations, this is a PI series definitely worth following.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Reviewed by Spinetingler Magazine on Jan 15 2011

The writing is vivid, and the character development solid. The plot moves forward at a steady and interesting pace.

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ForeWord Reviews

Reviewed by Diane Gardner on Apr 01 2011

Stolen Lives is as thought-provoking and socially conscious as it is suspenseful.

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International Noir Fiction

Reviewed by Glenn Harper on Jan 04 2011

The novel offers once again a dynamic glimpse of post-Apartheid South Africa in all its grime and glory, as well as thematic consideration of violence and its roots in culture (and perhaps genetics), marriage, and desire.

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Pick of the Literate

Reviewed by Ben Trim on May 25 2011

It is graphic and it details some pretty gruesome events. With that said, it is a good mystery with a likeable female protagonist who survives in a Johannesburg that seems akin to the wildest days of the U.S. west.

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Santoro's Books

Reviewed by Jeff Pierce on Jun 01 2011

Mackenzie’s exploration of life and crime in modern South Africa enriches a propulsive yarn that leaves the reader wanting more.

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