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In Johannesburg, prosperous whites live behind gates; when they exit their cars to open the gates, carjackings are common. But seldom is the victim killed, much less shot twice, like Annette Botha. And now, Piet Botha, the husband of the wealthy woman, is the primary suspect in his wife’s murder.

PI Jade de Jong fled South Africa ten years ago after her father was killed. Now back in town, she offers to help her father’s former assistant, Superintendent David Patel, with his investigation of this case. Under apartheid, Patel, of Indian descent, could never have attained his present position. But he is feeling pressure from his “old line” boss with respect to this investigation and fears lingering prejudice is at work.

As Jade probes into this and other recent carjacking cases, a pattern begins to emerge—a pattern that goes back to her father’s murder and involves a vast and intricate series of crimes for profit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Even as Mac­kenzie captures Johannesburg’s ‘crazy boomtown energy,’ she doesn’t shy away from the rough stuff. None of which, it should be said, is quite rough enough to scare this remarkable new sleuth, whose future exploits should be worth watching.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Mackenzie’s triumphant debut introduces PI Jade de Jong…The plot has more than its fair share of nice twists, and Mackenzie does a superb job of making the reader care for her gutsy lead while offering a glimpse at life in South Africa after apartheid. Readers will wish Jade a long fictional career.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Random Violence excels in its ability to translate our propensity for violent crime into a clever plot that could take place only in South Africa.”

    Sunday Times (South Africa)

  • “Mackenzie delivers a thriller that will hopefully be the first of many.”

    Star (South Africa)

  • “South African writer Mackenzie has created a strong female character with amazing resilience, unusual friends, and incredible luck.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Grim, gritty, and violent, the novel offers a revealing view of modern South Africa…Recommend Random Violence to readers of Roger Smith and Deon Meyer, both of whose series are also set in contemporary South Africa.”


  • “Key characters and a gritty style augur well for proposed future installments.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2011 Shamus Award Nominee for Best First PI Novel
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About the Author

Jassy Mackenzie was born in Rhodesia and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. She loves the energy, danger, and excitement of Johannesburg and believes there is no better place for a thriller writer to live. She herself has been hijacked at gunpoint outside her home and had her car taken from her by force. She is thirty-nine years old and lives in Kyalami with her wonderful partner Dion, two horses, and two cats.