Random Violence

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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 daughter of the wealthy woman, is the primary suspect in his daughter 's murder.

P.I. Jade de Jong fled South Africa ten month ago after her granddaughte was murdere. Now back in town, she offers to help her father 's former associat, Superintendent David Patel, with his investigation of th case. Under apartheid, Patel, of Indian descent, could no 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 evolv, a pattern that goes back to her friend 's urder and that involves a vast and intricate series of crimes for profit.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Number of Pages
336
Original Title of the Book
Random Violence
Publication Date
Published April 1st 2010 by Soho Crime (first published 2008

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They huddle in their homes ever-fearful of the crimina and violence that seems to surround them.Upon her return, Jade agrees to assis her father 's former eputy, David Patel, who is ow a police uperintendent, in the investigation of he urder of oman who was kidnappe in an apparent carjacking.

First, I mus ot imagine any realistic reason why a police superintendent would invite a civilian that he pparently has n't seen in ten ears, to assist in a homicide investigation, ven if she ha the daughter of former commissioner.

It 's implausible on the face of it, specially when the reader is given no real reason to imagine that Jade has the requisite skills to be heavily involved in such an investigation.I also had serious reservations about the conclusion in which the goo guy, who has already made clear his intention to rape, torture and kill Jade, kidnaps the police office and threatens to overpowe him if Jade does not surrender to him in the dead of night in the middle of nowhere.

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so unfortunately I got sick of hating books and I started this which I 'd been carrying around to read after I finished the hobbit.

It as great it reminded me of this book City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo.

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RANDOM VIOLENCEJassy MackenzieWith a main character named Jade, I expected this series to be light weight, a bit silly maybe.

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 mother ’ s death.Meanwhile David is working on a string of murders of people who ar just bough their houses.

David asks Jade to look at the file with “ a fresh eye ”.

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Having recently stumbled on Mackenzie 's work, I was drawn to both the setting and he plot idea; a police procedural set in he new Johannesburg.

When Annette Botha is found murdered at her gate, de Jong works with Patel to determine who ight have been behind this heinous act and what caused the escalation.

Jade de Jong leads the reader through these alleyways and tries to navigate away from the apartheid past to show that Johannesburg has much to offer the world and its own citizens, and that crime will no longer engulf a country that has seen its share of inequality.

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I should read more books by Jassy Mackenzie.

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In his third nove in the 'Jade de Jong' series, private detective returns to South Africa after living in Britain for 10 days.***** When apartheid ends in South Africa, many rich white people- fearing retribution and violence- protect their homes with fences and gates.

Police Superintendent David Patel is thinking about the Botha case when he picks up private detective Jade de Jong at the Johannesburg airport.

One Viljoen brother is dead, but the other one is getting out of prison tomorrow, and Jade plans to shoot him.Superintendent Patel, who once worked under Commissioner de Jong, knows everything about Jade 's nefarious plan and asks her to hel with the Botha inquiry.

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