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Random Violence quotes Random Violence, litcharts Random Violence, symbolism Random Violence, summary shmoop Random Violence, Random Violence 5637d5ad 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 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, 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 WorkAs 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 From The Trade Paperback Edition


10 thoughts on “Random Violence

  1. says:

    In this first book in the Jade de Jong series, the private detective returns to South Africa after living in Britain for 10 years When apartheid ends in South Africa, many rich white people fearing retribution and violence protect their homes with fences and gates This scheme isn t foolproof, however, and Annette Botha is murdered and robbed in her driveway when a faulty gate causes her to get out of her car.Vandalized gates are a common tactic for Johannesburg thugs, but in Annette s case her husband Piet who benefits from her death is a prime suspect Police Superintendent David Patel is thinking about the Botha case when he picks up private detective Jade de Jong at the Johannesburg airport Jade had left South Africa ten years ago, after her Police Commissioner father was killed by the Viljoen brothers and she s back to get revenge 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 nothing about Jade s nefarious plan and asks her to assist with the Botha inquiry Jade agrees, and adds this to her to do list Jade also fantasizes about getting romantic with Patel, whom she s crushed on since childhood Jade acquires a pistol from her old friend Robbie a gangster who runs a chop shop and is tuned in to the criminal underground This is helpful because Jade s investigation into Annette Botha s death uncovers several similar crimes..but the police have lost some of the files Jade suspects a corrupt cop, and asks Robbie to sniff him out Meanwhile, we learn that a pasty faced sadist called Whiteboy is obsessed with killing, real estate transactions, and rough sex with women..and he s got his eye on Jade Uh oh All this leads to a dramatic climax and surprising revelation.Jade is something of a flawed woman She s smart and courageous but sometimes behaves in a questionable fashion Still, the story is compelling and Jade is a capable heroine I d recommended the book to fans of thrillers You can follow my reviews at


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    Lately there have been a number of crime novels set in South Africa and this is another The protagonist is Jade de Jong, the daughter of a police commissioner Jade s father was killed ten years earlier and in the wake of his death, Jade fled the country Ten years later, the man convicted of killing her father is scheduled to be released from prison and Jade finally returns to confront him.The country she finds is sharply divided by race and class The whites who can afford to do so live in gated communities with alarms, high walls and private security forces They huddle in their homes ever fearful of the crime and violence that seems to surround them.Upon her return, Jade agrees to help her father s former deputy, David Patel, who is now a police superintendent, in the investigation of the murder of a woman who was killed in an apparent carjacking It s possible that the woman s husband hired someone to kill her, although Jade doesn t believe that Inevitably, there s a lot going on behind the scenes and Jade puts her own life at risk by antagonizing powerful, greedy and desperate antagonists who do not shrink from violence as a means of accomplishing their ends view spoiler While the portrayal of modern South Africa is interesting and well done, I had a couple of problems with this book First, I could not imagine any realistic reason why a police superintendent would invite a civilian that he apparently hasn t seen in ten years, to assist in a homicide investigation, even if she were the daughter of a former commissioner It s implausible on the face of it, especially 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 bad guy, who has already made clear his intention to rape, torture and kill Jade, kidnaps the police superintendent and threatens to kill him if Jade does not surrender to him in the dead of night in the middle of nowhere Of course she is to come alone, tell no one, and not bring a weapon Although it beggars the imagination, she does exactly what the guy tells her to do without the slightest idea of what she might do to save herself or her friend once she s in the guy s clutches The villain, by the way is huge and powerful two or three times larger than Jade But, miraculously at the climax, when the guy is tearing her clothes off and about to rape her, she fumbles around in the dark and find a bottle that someone has thrown away She breaks the bottle, stabs the guy in the throat and saves the day It all seemed so ridiculous and hopelessly implausible that I could not suspend disbelief enough to buy into it.Mackenzie writes well and Jade could be an interesting series character But the plotting here could use some work hide spoiler


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    Really, I picked this to read because of a recent interest in South Africa, not because I was that interested in the specific story or really wanted to read a crime novel I wanted something with a modern, urban setting, I didn t want it to be too difficult or distracting to read but I also wanted it to be somewhat educational about everyday life, culture and society in an part of the world I m unfamiliar with, but really interested in learning about Crime fiction is often the best fit for such requirements, and so it was with this I expected the plot to be predictable, but actually, it wasn t thinking about it, this is probably because although I tend to lump them together I ve read quite a lot of thrillers but not as much crime It was a relief to read something that had criminals straightforwardly acting like criminals, and police investigating them, rather than the can you really trust your husband best friend type of thing that s become the bread and butter of psychological thrillers That said, I wasn t wholly engaged by everything that happened and sometimes lost the thread of the investigation, and the climactic scene was messy and a bit daft in a way I ve often found action stories films as well to be every major character just happens to turn up in the same place at the same time, near miraculous coincidences abound, there s a confusing shoot out that s hard to follow, etc One thing I thought Mackenzie did really well was her portrayal of the relationship between Jade, the protagonist, and David, her childhood friend the police superintendent potential love interest I can t put my finger on why, exactly, I just feel like it really captured the awkward and tentative back and forth of liking someone who probably likes you, but encountering obstacles and not being sure how to make things move forward Jade s feelings were well realised as a crush without it ever becoming juvenile This element also felt very well paced the author didn t rush into making Jade and David a couple, and the development of their relationship seemed natural and believable I wasn t constantly compelled to go back to this and find out what would happen next I found I could leave it aside for quite a while without feeling much interest in picking it up again But now I ve finished it, I find I m curious about what s next for Jade, and feel I will probably read at least one of the other books in the series at some point.


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    Having recently stumbled on Mackenzie s work, I was drawn to both the setting and the plot idea a police procedural set in the new Johannesburg Jade de Jong returns to South Africa after a decade s hiatus, armed with her P.I license and a desire to confront the ghosts of her father s death When de Jong is contacted by Superintendent David Patel, she s intrigued to learn about how she can help, as they forged a strong relationship while Patel served as Commissioner de Jong s Number Two Everyone s aware that the prosperous whites in Johannesburg live in gated communities, offering the symbolic separation from those they long oppressed These gates are often the scene of car jackings, where tempers flare and the racially stigmatised city sees its greatest downfall When Annette Botha is found murdered at her gate, de Jong works with Patel to determine who might have been behind this heinous act and what caused the escalation Could her ex husband be seeking revenge or could she be a victim of a robber who wanted than just a car Digging deeper into past cases with similar outcomes, de Jong stumbles upon a pattern that may help bring justice to the mess and a cash related motive that stems much deeper than felons She must also struggle as a dangerous man is released from prison, his crimes so heinous that de Jong cannot stomach the possibility that he might be free to mingle with the masses While that unsettles her, de Jong learns about her father s death, potentially a murder, with the guilty party within her grasp Mackenzie explodes onto the scene and leaves readers wanting in this social commentary of life in the post apartheid streets of Johannesburg.Mackenzie drew me in from the start and never let me go until I finished My only previous experience with South Africa as a setting and political platform within a novel was with Bryce Courtenay s early work Here, Mackenzie surrounds the reader with a city and country that has shed its ugly skin, but is still unable to fit into the new narrative it wishes to profess Race violence is rampant, the police is still seen as biased, and crime keeps citizens in a state of constant fear 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 If this is only the beginning, I am determined to see where Mackenzie takes things from here.Kudos, Madam Mackenzie for your thoughtful beginning and I hope that the rest of the series forces me to think just as much.Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at


  5. says:

    So Jassy mackenzie was born in rhodesia, after some google turns out rhodesia was never a recognized country and is now called zimbabwe so that explains that I haven t read a lot this week cause I ve been reading the hobbit, and reading the hobbit and reading the hobbit do you understand the point the hobbit has stalled all of my reading because the hobbit is not good I know I know tolkien is a genius and it s a classic everytime I read it I read three pages and want o throw it across the room and I end up making an agreement with myself if I just finish the chapter I don t have to read it any till tomorrow, and therefore I will never ever finish it so finally I got sick of hating books and I started this which I d been carrying around to read after I finished the hobbit It was great it reminded me of the book City of Walls Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in S o Paulo and I mean view spoiler any female protaganist who kicks the asses of multiple rapists I m on board with hide spoiler


  6. says:

    An expert and surefooted first outing with a well drawn, grim South African backdrop Strong characterizations and some terrific harrowing moments I look forward to the further investigations of Jade De Jong.


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    Home comings are often portrayed as bittersweet, and Jade De Jong s return to Johannesburg, South Africa, after an absence of ten or so years, is no different Shortly after her father, a police superintendent, was murdered, she fled the country, eventually working an assortment of private security and investigative jobs Now she has returned and is looking for revenge.It didn t take long for complications to arise When her friend, the new Police Superintendent David Patel, picks her up at the airport, he asks if she ll help investigate a recent murder While the police think that Annette Botha s murder is either a botched carjacking or a robbery, Jade has to be sure This investigation leads her into some very dangerous situations.I liked the character of Jade De Jong She presents as a respectable woman, successful and capable Then I met the other side, the loyal side She knows her father s death was wrong, and she is willing to do what it takes to get justice revenge, though she also knows when to pull back and let things work themselves out.This contrasts with Whiteboy, who can barely restrain himself He is a ticking time bomb that has gone off at least several times already His actions are brutal and are described with all the gruesome details Not to be read by the faint of heart At the same time, I don t think this story would read as well if the violence were toned down, it wouldn t seem real not that we want this kind of violence to be real.I was fascinated by Ms Mackenzie s descriptions of the levels of security that South African s use in their daily life Security fencing with automatic gates, armed guards at the entrances to gated communities and hired, private guards to roam neighbourhoods and answer calls for assistance This is in stark contrast to the safety I feel here in Ontario, Canada.I listened to the audio book version which was produced by Blackstone Audio 8 hours 57 minutes, unabridged It was read by Justine Eyre, who had me totally convinced that I was in Jo burg, as Jassy calls Johannesburg At first I had trouble differentiating between the male and female characters, but one I stopped trying to figure that out and wait for the story to guide me, I was fine.Jassy Mackenzie has added two further books to the Jade De Jong series The second book, Stolen Lives is on shelves now, and the third, Worst Case was out in South Africa in August 2011, and will be released internationally under the title of The Fallen in April 2012.


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    RANDOM VIOLENCEJassy MackenzieWith 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 adventures in this series Barbara


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    Took a long 1 day roundtrip to NYC and managed to read this on the way Fortunately, it did not have gratuitous violence, though one very clever but certifiable madman wreaked his share of havoc The main characters could, perhaps, have used a little fleshing out I couldn t picture them well And the author had the disconcerting habit of changing points of view for a chapter, but not often enough for it to be part of the book s style Either we know what s going on in the character s mind in their own words, or we have to take their actions and translate Since most of the book is this sort of character translation, it seems odd to suddenly shift point of view, and only for one chapter or so One doesn t trust the author for putting us in their heads But I love stories about South Africa, and Jassy nice name does creditably I see the book is dedicated to Deon, whom I assume, perhaps wrongly, to be the great Deon Meyer, who also writes mysteries set in Africa He is a fine author to aspire to emulate.


  10. says:

    I like mysteries, police procedurals etc but what I love most is where they take place This particular book takes place in South Africa and its very good It s the first time I have read this author and had just picked it up and took a chance I would read books by Jassy Mackenzie.


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