Random Violence (Jade de Jong, #1)

Random Violence (Jade de Jong, #1)

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Hardcover, Pages: 336

Genres: Mystery, Cultural, Africa, Fiction

Language: English

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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 wifes 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 fathers 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 fathers murder and that involves a vast and intricate series of crimes for profit.
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Reader Reviews
  •    Moogumuro Koynen
    2020
    RANDOM VIOLENCE
    Jassy Mackenzie
    With a main character named Jade, I expected this series to be light weight, a bit silly maybe. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find a tight, well-written, gritty crime novel set in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jade is a private investigator whose policeman father was killed in the line of duty.
    Jade returns to Jo’burg after 10 years in England. Her best friend from her life in South Africa, is police superintendent David Patel, now a grown man with a wife and child, meets her at the airport and brings her to a small cottage he has rented for her. He is staying in the cottage next door.
    The first stop Jade makes is to an old garage to see Robbie, a contact from the old days. She asks Robbie to get her a gun. Jade know that by seeing Robbie and taking the illegal gun, she is betraying David, but she needed the gun to get her through what she returned to South Africa to do – avenge her father’s death.
    Meanwhile David is working on a string of murders of people who have just sold their houses. There doesn’t seem to be any connection, except they are all large properties, in expensive areas. All of the murders take place in spite of the houses having high security. David asks Jade to look at the file with “a fresh eye”. She does a bit of probing and visits some of the properties and talks to a few people. She even meets a real estate fellow who seems to be showing up in odd places.
    The book moves quickly and the different story lines follow a plausible route. The characters, including Johannesburg, are vibrant, flawed and fascinating. Now that I have discovered the “real” Jade de Jong, I will be looking forward to more adventures in this series. Barbara

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  •    Vudozil Gildemane
    2020
    This book is on my list of mysteries from all around the world (from The NYT). Very good writing and a good story. I will read more of this author.
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