Random Violence (Jade de Jong Series #1)

Random Violence (Jade de Jong Series #1)

by Jassy Mackenzie
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Random Violence (Jade de Jong Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too blamed many plot spoilers here giving away the story line. We do not need you telling us the entire book. We can read for ourselves.
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
About a year ago I stumbled across the Jade de Jong series but it took me until a couple weeks ago to finally get around to reading the first novel in the series a try. I'm always on the look out for great South African authors and I have to say Jassy Mackenzie is a new favourite of mine. Random Violence was a fast past intricate novel with a wonderful female sleuth as the lead character. Jade de Jong returns to her homeland of South Africa after 10 years away working all over the globe. Upon her return she's met with all the changes that have happened in her country including in the lives of the one person she cares about the most. I loved the mystery behind the slue of murders that seem to be occurring as well as the relationship between Jade and David who was once her father's right hand man and her best friend. I really enjoyed seeing the ups and downs as they got used to be around one another again after such a long time apart as well as seeing how much respect they had for one another. I have to say that Jade and David are probably two of my favourite crime solving partners after reading Random Violence. Both are intelligent, witty and savvy and they both have different skills plus the chemistry between them is great. I thought that the fact that the author also took the time to touch briefly on the political background of the country post-apartheid with the referral of David's "old line" boss. I think that it was an important touch especially for the readers who aren't really versed in the history of the country and it plays a rather large part in the novel because of the actions and histories of individual characters mostly those of the bad guys. I was very surprised at how enjoyable Random Violence was as strange as it might sound it was a fun read because Jassy Mackenzie kept me on my toes. There were far more plot twists that I had expected and many of them didn't even become obvious until the the end when everything came together and I was left with my jaw on the floor in shock. Overall, I thought the writing was fantastic. The author used a perfect balance of drama, action, intrigue, deception and plot twists to create a wonderfully well written who dun it novel. In a genre that is still very much male dominated Jassy Mackenzie makes sure that her unique voice is heard and for me her gift in the genre was very well received by me. Everything fit together so well and the way she wove the story in such subtle ways sometimes was amazing and I can't wait to read the second book in the series. As first novels go Jassy Mackenzie's Random Violence is a hit and has earned a place on my favourite's shelf. I would highly recommend Random Violence to everyone who enjoys a mystery set in a foreign country. I think the fact that it is written by a South African writer and takes place in South Africa is a unique offering in the mystery genre and the story is one that you can get wrapped up in and is a great way to expose yourself to a new writer and a new series in a place you may never have had a book take place in before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written kept me interested to read clear to the end.
macabr More than 1 year ago
Jassy Mackenzie's RANDOM VIOLENCE, the first in the Jade de Jong series, opens with the murder of a woman in an apparent car hijacking outside the gates of her fortified home in a suburb of Johannesburg. In the next section, Jade is being driven from the airport by David Patel, a superintendent in the police department and the protege of Jade's father, a police commissioner who was killed ten years before. Since her father's death, Jade has been living in Great Britain. out of touch with people and events in South Africa. David has hired a car for Jade and has asked her to help him with the investigation into Annette Botha's murder. Jade had been a private investigator, a career suggested by her father when she thought of joining the police force. As soon as David drops her off at her new accomodations, she leaves to meet another old friend, a much less respectable one. Robbie is a gun dealer and Jade wants, and needs, a gun. Against the agreement she thought she had with Robbie, he hands her the same gun she had used ten years before when she killed a man. Jade has killed and she is willing to kill again, always to remove from society those who have no compunctions about the harm they do to other people. The South Africa Jade returns to, especially in the Johannesburg area, is one that has become integrated but one where those who can afford it live in gated communities with heavily armed guards or behind walls topped with razor wire. As Jade looks into the murder of Annette Botha she learns that there is a building boom, expensive gated communities being built on the large lots owned by people who have died violently. Identities are stolen and in the background is the man known as Whiteboy, a man who kills in the most brutal ways. There are explicit descriptions of Whiteboy's brutality. I did a lot of scanning but I am glad that I finished the book. Jade and Robbie are either amoral or immoral in their willingness to be paid vigilantes. David Patel is a decent man, caught in the web of a corrupt police department, but managing to keep his honor. The characters are interesting enough that I will read the next in the series when it makes it to the United States.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast paced thriller where every random act of violence leads to a deeper tangle of crime and no one is above suspicion.
mermao More than 1 year ago
This is sort of the South African version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. You have a sociopathic female detective, viscious racist killers, corruption at high levels, and a good sense of place which will challenge at least some of your stereotypes of South Africa. For all that, it's not as good as GWDT. Who could compare with Lizbeth Salander? But it's still worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book through the Free Friday on the Nook. I found Random Violence to be a quick and interesting read. I enjoyed the South African setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Returning to violence-ridden Johannesburg, South Africa after 10 years, Jade de Jong is a tough private cop helping a police superintendent friend to investigate a bizarre murder. Her primary interest however is vengeance against a man who may have contributed to her father's death. Added to the plot mix is a romantic disappointment, some tasteful sex, and a gangster friend who serves as an anti-hero. Jade is an interesting character who may be on either side of the law. Though the plot is a bit far-fetched, Random Violence is an easy read with lots of action.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Very well written. I even learned a bit about South Africa after reading this. Would definitely recommend.
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Good storyline
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DaleDL More than 1 year ago
An insight to a different culture.  Good read.
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Simply superb. Great writing and a great crime to match. I solved part of it which made it even more fun!
daisy1995 More than 1 year ago
Gives you a look at a different culture and held my intrest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was good book. It kept me interested,couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Waiting for #2.
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Teresa_L More than 1 year ago
I guess the title says it all.
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There is a reason the title is "Random Violence". Though I enjoyed the novel, learning a bit about South Africa, the book is a bit bloodthirsty even for me. Yet the storyline kept me reading, wanting to know what came next. I will most likely read #2 just for that reason.
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