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Stolen Lives (Jade de Jong Investigations) [Hardcover]

Jassy Mackenzie
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8 Dec 2011 Jade de Jong Investigations
When wealthy Pamela Jordaan hires PI Jade de Jong as a bodyguard after her husband Terrance disappears, Jade thinks keeping an eye on this anxious wife will be an easy way to earn some cash. But when a determined shooter nearly kills them both and Jade finds Terrance horrifically tortured and barely alive, she realizes that she has been drawn into a wicked game.
At the same time, her relationship with police superintendent David Patel is on the rocks, and things only get more complicated when his son is kidnapped and his wife is blackmailed. It soon becomes clear that the kidnapping and the attempted killings of Pamela and her husband are tied to a human trafficking ring that stretches from Johannesburg to London.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: SOHO PRESS (8 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569479097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569479094
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,997,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nolly
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller 8 Nov 2012
By kathy
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This is a well constructed thriller with an engaging main character, Jade de Jong. I enjoyed it and the sense of an undercurrent of fear that runs through it. Might be best for readers who have some knowledge of South Africa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trafficking in humans is still slavery 4 May 2011
October 14 London

STOLEN LIVES opens with a raid on a brothel in London. It isn't a success because Salimovic, the owner, and his female partner get away but Detective Constable Edmonds knows the raid accomplished something important. "...she approached the bed.... A black girl lay there, eyes wide and terrified. She was on her side, her slender arms wrapped tightly around her legs, and Edmonds saw with a jolt that she was naked. She glanced around the room for something to cover her with, but there was nothing suitable in the small space. Nothing at all." Edmonds and her partner, Inspector Richards of the Human Trafficking Department in Scotland Yard, know there are few big victories in their line of work, but little victories add up and a small disruption can save a young woman's life.

Johannesburg October 25

Terence Jordaan is in bed with one of his many girl friends. Terence is the owner of a chain of strip clubs called Heads and Tails and his work provides him with as many willing women as chooses to have. The woman who chooses to stay away from him is his wife. She is not in the house that night when all the security is breached and Terence is taken away.

The next day, Pamela Jordaan contacts Jade de Jong, wanting to hire her as a body guard. Pamela has known police Superintendent David Patel since they were children. David has give Pamela Jade's name because Pamela wants the best and is willing to pay for it. Pamela is convinced that she is in danger from the same people who kidnapped her husband. Terence has made a great deal of money going beyond operating strip clubs; Terence is involved in the trafficking of young women through South Africa and Britain. When an attempt is made on Pamela's life, Jade commits to protecting Pamela.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a nice place to visit 4 Dec 2011
By Patto - Published on
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This is the second Jade de Jong mystery, and as I finished it (just as with the first book), I resolved never to visit South Africa in person. Only in fiction! Jassy Mackenzie's South Africa is rife with murder, corruption, robbery, car hijacking - and in this book - kidnapping and human trafficking.

Does Mackenzie exaggerate? I'll never know. But the reader of these mysteries can expect a heavy dose of very vicious criminality.

Jade de Jong is a private investigator with a turbulent past, described in the first book, Random Violence. Her father was a terrific cop (killed on the job) who taught her sharpshooting. She's a champion and does not hesitate to kill the bad guys.

In Stolen Lives Jade takes on a bodyguard job. Her client is a very wealthy woman whose husband has disappeared mysteriously. He owns a number of "legitimate" strip clubs. Is he in trouble? Is she in danger too?

Mackenzie is an extremely clever plotter. She keeps several threads going at once: missing persons, faked passports, hideous murders and an illusive international trafficking operation that has Scotland Yard's attention. I'll give no plot details, but there's plenty of mystification about who's who and what's what. Along the way Jade will escape death with amazing frequency. And she'll continue her frustrating romantic entanglement with a handsome mixed-race cop.

This book falls solidly into the thriller category. The exotic locale, boomtown Johannesburg after Apartheid, is a plus. The sadistic violence will be a minus for some readers but not others. Will I have the courage to face the next book in the series? We'll see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stolen Lives 5 July 2012
By Gayle - Published on
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I love Jassy's writing style. She keeps the novel moving and has enough twists to have you guessing about the outcome. Jade de Jong is a interesting character that is well developed in the mind of the reader. The setting in South Africa provides a exotic setting for Jade's adventures. I would recommend this series of books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Human Trafficking 28 Aug 2011
By Ted Feit - Published on
Four subplots coalesce in this second novel featuring Jade de Jong, the South African PI who makes her home in Jo'burg, where it all comes together. However, the story begins in Great Britain, where a Scotland Yard raid on a brothel finds six victims of kidnapping later forced into prostitution.
Unfortunately, the brothel owner is not present as expected, and remains at large, and the manager escapes as well, setting off a manhunt for the two.

At the same time, Jade is retained by the wife of the proprietor of an "upscale" strip joint called Heads and Tails as a bodyguard when her spouse goes missing. And the woman also wants Jade to protect her daughter, who manages one of the clubs. This draws Jade into a series of situations involving the human trafficking scheme.

There is some violence in the novel, especially with Jade's predilection for committing murder, but it is relatively unobtrusive. The writing is vivid, and the character development solid. The plot moves forward at a steady and interesting pace, so that the novel is an excellent follow-up to "Random Violence," its predecessor in the series. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, gritty read. 14 Jun 2011
By Beth Camp - Published on
From the opening scenes, Jassy Mackenzie creates a compelling story. I was entranced by Jade de Jong, the heroine, a woman between two cultures, who in a gutsy way pursues her truth with integrity and stubbornness. Her friends, lover, and co-workers all come to life in a satisfying read with insight. I have never been to South Africa, but my understanding of its aboriginal history and culture has been enhanced by this modern revelation of the tensions that remain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Human Trafficking Exposed 9 May 2011
By wbentrim - Published on
Stolen Lives by Jassy Mackenzie

This book deals with the despicable practice of human trafficking. Jade De Jong is a private detective who stumbles into a human trafficking ring.

If you are squeamish, you probably don't want to read this book. It is graphic and it details some pretty gruesome events. With that said, it is a good mystery with a likeable female protagonist who survives in a Johannesburg that seems akin to the wildest days of the U.S. west.

Jade's characterization is excellent and Mackenzie clearly provides a detailed, colorful background and motivation. The story jumps from the U.K. to Johannesburg and back. Occasionally I lost track of where I was supposed to be.

I don't know how accurate the author's description of Johannesburg might be but it certainly provided an appropriate setting for her story.

There is plenty of action and violence. The book is disturbing but it is a good story and does illustrate a seamy trade that is hidden in the dark corners of our world.

I recommend it.
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