By Jassy Mackenzie
This well written detective thriller gives you a disturbing glimpse into the lives of the citizens of South Africa. Ms. Mackenzie presents the extent that lawlessness and the need to for self-protection is just an everyday part of the life of everyone living in South Africa. This is not the theme of the story, but rather the backdrop for the action. Very eye-opening, and it makes you glad that you aren’t subjected to that much violence.
The private investigator, Jade de Jong is an interesting and troubled person. She has some issues that must have been developed in the previous books in the series. Even though you know that she is dealing with something that happened in an earlier book, it doesn’t prevent you from reading and understanding what is going on in this book. It just makes you want to read those earlier works. You feel a strong empathy for her, even though you might not want her as a friend.
I enjoyed reading this South African puzzler. The story has a very realistic feel to it. There is plenty of action and quite a few unexpected twists. I am planning on reading some of Ms. Mackenzie’s earlier novels.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Release date: April 16, 2013 | Series: Jade De Jong
Book 4 in the PI Jade de Jong thriller series set in South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa: At first, the case appears to be one of simple misadventure. Sonet Meintjies, a base jumper, falls to her death while attempting to parachute off a newly built sixty-five-story skyscraper. But Sonet’s jumping partner insists that this was no accident, and he hires private investigator Jade de Jong to uncover the truth.
Jade discovers that Sonet worked for a charity that helped impoverished communities become self-supporting farming units. When Jade travels out to the community farm in Limpopo, she finds it not just abandoned but razed to the ground. Digging deeper for answers about where the residents went, Jade learns about a fatal but unidentified disease that swept through the entire community. A deadly harvest has been gathered, and the person who knows the real truth about it has been forced to become collateral in its trade.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime; Reprint edition (April 16, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
About the Author
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.
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