Random Violence (A PI Jade de Jong Novel)

By Jassy Mackenzie

In Johannesburg filthy rich whites stay in gated groups; after they go out their autos to open the gates, car-jackings are universal. yet seldom is the sufferer killed, less shot two times, like Annette Botha. Piet Botha, the husband of the rich girl, is the first suspect in his wife's homicide.

P.I. Jade de Jong fled South Africa ten years in the past after her father was once killed. Now again on the town, she deals to assist her father's former assistant, Superintendent David Patel, along with his research of this situation. lower than apartheid, Patel, of Indian descent, could never have attained his current place. yet he's feeling strain from his "old line" boss with admire to this research and fears lingering prejudice is at work.

As Jade probes into this and different contemporary car-jacking situations, a development starts off to emerge, a development that is going again to her father's homicide and that consists of an enormous and complicated sequence of crimes for revenue.

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