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Random Violence (Jade de Jong #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  438 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
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.

P.I. Jade de Jong fled South Africa ten years ago after her father was killed.
ebook, 266 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Soho Crime (first published 2008)
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James Thane
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 ga
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 suc ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Every ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zimbabwean
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
May 30, 2010 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, africa
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 more 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 ...more
Heather Pearson
Mar 22, 2012 Heather Pearson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Oct 17, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jassy Mackenzie
With 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
Jan 17, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie thrills again with the next in the Jade De Jong series. Jade, a private detective has recently returned from self-exile in England after needing time to get her head together following her last caper.
She immediately falls back in not only with the criminal underworld informants she had cultivated, but also into a semi-partnership with police detective David Patel. Hoping to stay close to Patel in order to foster a romantic relationship, they find themselves at loggerheads, especially w
An ok read, but somewhat too violent for me. Although I do read lots of mysteries, I do not delight in the very graphic violent scenes and if an author is heading that way in a few titles of a series, I do tend to end our relationship. That said, I will give the Jade deJong series one or two more chances before abandonment.

Set in South Africa after the end of apartheid, this story does compel despite the above mentioned heinous violence. The characters are well sketched out, and one feels like r
The Crime Scene Scene
Random Violence is the first novel in the Jade De Jong series by author Jassy Mackenzie. Private Investigator Jade De Jong returns home to Johannesburg after fleeing the violence and the murder of her policeman father. While there she teams up with policeman David Patel to investigate when Annette Botha, a young white woman is found shot twice outside her home with her husband becoming the prime suspect. But they soon realise that there maybe more involved than a simple domestic.

This is a PI nov
Jul 27, 2014 Karin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving two stars because I actually enjoyed the mystery, however there was a long, slow build up, then everything at the end concluded in just a few pages....the ending felt VERY rushed. Almost like the author wanted to get in a certain number of pages, and once she hit her quota, she just ended it.

My other big complaint is the quality of the eBook version....random words in the middle of a line (and an average of three per page) were weirdly hyphenated (almost like in another version the wo
May 11, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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.
Apr 14, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully plotted crime novel. Dark and disturbing, with a brilliant lead. Jo'burg and its surroundings are also vividly described - a very strong sense of place.
Heather Fineisen
Baby's face in scalding water ended it for me. Too many great series I already read to continue...
Jan 05, 2015 Gareth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My ability to get engrossed in books and read them at my former rate continues to be severely impeded. The loss of the Kindle is a big part, but it is frustrating to be so lacking in good books to read and interest and ability to get into them.

That said, Jade de Jong the investigator and her fast paced romp around JHB was an entertaining piece of South African fiction. I enjoyed the characters, the way it was set in South Africa and the plot - nothing ground breaking here but still a nice read.
Mar 23, 2014 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommendations
This is the first book in the PI Jade De John, South African Mysteries. Daughter of the past murdered police commissioner, she is returning to the city of Johannesburg after being gone for ten years. She's returned to kill the paroled man who was convicted of her father's murder before she left. She also reconnects with Superintendent David Patel who used to be her father's assistant, and now wants her help with a present case. Though apartheid has ended, Patel's half Indian lineage still causes ...more
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
Eva Leger
May 16, 2011 Eva Leger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-fiction, thriller
I picked this up on a library trip and was very, very pleasantly surprised. The cover attracted my attention at first, the title second. The description interested me but left me wondering if I would actually like the story.
While I do read fictional "thrillers" at times it's not even close to being any of my main reading genres. Something pulled at me though so I brought it home with me. And like I said, I was very pleasantly surprised.
I'm left thinking about S. Africa, of which I know very li
Gloria Feit
Mar 05, 2013 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jade deJong , the headstrong protagonist of this terrific new novel, is a p.i. who has left her native South Africa, but following a ten-year absence has returned after, most recently, doing surveillance work in England. Her father, before his death, had been police commissioner in Johannesburg, described as a city filled with crime and brutality. The tale opens with the brutal murder of a young woman in what initially appears to have been an attempted carjacking, the first but hardly the last v ...more
Bonnie Brody
Random Violence by Jassy Mackenzie is a debut mystery/thriller set in Johannesburg, South Africa. There is so much violence there that I don't know how people are able to live in that city. Almost everyone with money lives in a gated community with armed guards and those who don't have money have barred windows and look over their shoulders all the time in the hope that they won't get car-jacked or mugged. The city sounds like a war zone.

Jade de Jong is the protagonist; a private eye who has ret
Doug Bower
Jun 08, 2011 Doug Bower rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on my kindle after seeing a post about it through the Kindle Daily Posts. What a find! The book takes place in South Africa and features PI Jade DeJong who has just returned to Johannesburg, South Africa after a decade away. She had grown up there, the daughter of the Police Commissioner, and was always interested in investigating crimes. After her father was murdered she left South Africa. Now that she has returned she is committed to taking her revenge on the person who killed ...more
Jul 19, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie thrills again with the next in the Jade De Jong series. Jade, a private detective has recently returned from self-exile in England after needing time to get her head together following her last caper.
She immediately falls back in not only with the criminal underworld informants she had cultivated, but also into a semi-partnership with police detective David Patel. Hoping to stay close to Patel in order to foster a romantic relationship, they find themselves at loggerheads, especially w
Mar 09, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came along this series after I received an ARC for the 4th installment. I had read a bunch of reviews for this initial de Jong book and had mixed feelings about what to expect. Most were positive but many talked about the excessive violence and bad portrayal of South Africa. I had not previous read anything South African novels, nor had I even heard of Jassy Mackenzie, so all of these themes were new to me. The first quarter of the book took me longer to complete than I originally planned. For ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing I can say for sure - I never want to visit Johannesburg, South Africa. The world that author Jassy Mackenzie describes is a very scary place. Everyone lives behind electrified fences with killer guard dogs. When people are murdered, no one is surprised and they assume that it is a carjacking gone bad. Jade de Jong comes from that world. Her father was a police inspector who died tragically in a car wreck 10 years earlier. Jade left South Africa, but has now returned. She reconnects wit ...more
Edith Parzefall
Mar 27, 2012 Edith Parzefall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jade de Jong, a private investigator, left Johannesburg after her father was killed and returns when the man who likely ordered the murder is about to be released from prison. While waiting for her revenge, she hooks up again with her old friend David, now a police detective like her father. She agrees to help him with the investigation of what looks like an attempted carjacking gone wrong, leaving a woman dead. But there's nothing random about Annette's death. A chilling, highly intelligent psy ...more
Jade de Jong is a private investigator assisting the Johannesburg police with an investigation. She's finally come home ten years after the tragic death of her father, who died while serving on the same police force. There have always been questions in Jade's mind about the circumstances surrounding his death and it's time for her to sort out the pieces. Meanwhile, she's also looking into the death of a local woman, which is the tiny thread that may unravel a very complicated puzzle.

This was a g
Jan 23, 2011 William rated it liked it
An intelligent, capable killer, an ethically shady P.I., and a setting in a newly integrated, economically challenged South Africa create excellent and believable tension in this series premiere. The crimes committed here are grizzly, but realistic enough to let the story avoid appearing like a film script disguised as a novel, the overarching plot is clever without resorting to cliche, and the novel's end is pitch perfect. Jade de Jong is a well-intentioned but flawed heroine, well-paired with ...more
Edwin Battistella
Feb 08, 2014 Edwin Battistella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jassy McKenzie’s first novel feature Jade de Jong, a tough private investigator who returns from life abroad to her hometown of Johannesburg. Her late father’s protégée—and her unrequited love—persuades her to help investigate a car-jacking turned murder. De Jong digs into the crime, which turns into a series of brutal murders (and highlights a fine psychopathic villain). The story is fast-paced and rough-edged with some nice surprises (but at least one that savvy readers will catch midway). Wha ...more
Marc Leroux
I picked up this book on the strength of Pale Horses which I had won in a Goodreads give-away program, and I'm glad that I did. The story centers on a PI who returns to South Africa after a 10 year absence. She had fled after her father, a former Police Commissioner, had been killed.
Jade returns to Johannesburg to kill the man who she believes was responsible for her father's death, and is about to be released from prison.
I found this to be a great read, partially because it brought back memorie
Jul 09, 2014 Joann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this and am glad I did. I've already downloaded the next one in this series. It is a twisty murder mystery that takes place in South Africa. I thought this debut was a cleverly crafted. Some might not like the violence though. I give it 4.5.

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Jassy Mackenzie is from a family where books weren’t just more important than television, they were so important that television was banned from the house.

Jassy is the second youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe, and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. Today, she is the editor of HJ, a hair and beauty magazine. She lives on a smallholding outside Johannesburg and shar
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