A dark winter's evening. A lonely smallholding outside Johannesburg. A brutal shooting. The murder of solitary divorcee Annette Botha appears to be a botched hijacking, just another senseless crime in the surge of violence sweeping South Africa.
A dark winter's evening. A lonely smallholding outside Johannesburg. A brutal shooting. The murder of solitary divorcee Annette Botha appears to be a botched hijacking, just another senseless crime in the surge of violence sweeping South Africa. With his career at stake, newly promoted police superintendent David Patel is desperate to get results on this case. When his ex-boss's daughter Jade de Jong arrives back in South Africa after an unexplained absence, she offers to help him with the investigation. Jade soon makes some troubling discoveries. Why did Annette hire a private detective a few days before she died? And why has the detective mysteriously disappeared? While Jade races to uncover the murderer's identity and crack open his chilling agenda, she has to keep her own secrets from David. The man who killed her father has just been released from jail. She has returned to South Africa to give him the death sentence he deserves. But Jade's plans are shattered when one of her trusted contacts betrays her. Worst of all, Annette's murderer remains one step ahead. He's planning his final coup, and this time, there are to be no witnesses.
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Reviewed by Edith from Germany on 07 September 2009
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Random Violence by Jassy Mackenzie is a fascinating thriller set in Johannesburg. The intricate plot gives the reader lots to puzzle over, while the two main charcters try to solve the mystery.
Mackenzie's characters have flaws, make mistakes, and struggle to find their way, which makes them come alive, feel real. Even Johannesburg feels like a character in the story, a part of the mystery. The social background of the city ten years after apartheit ended, adds to the appeal of the story and to the mystery.