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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 sWhen 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....

Title : Stolen Lives
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ISBN : 9781569479094
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Number of Pages : 314 Pages
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Stolen Lives Reviews

  • Matt
    2019-06-18 15:05

    After enjoying her first novel, I dove right in to try another Mackenzie police procedural. Jade de Jong assumes the role of bodyguard to Pamela Jordaan, a job that seems simple enough. Pamela's husband, Terence, is missing without a trace and for unknown reasons. However, Jade soon discovers that there is more to this job, as someone makes an attempt on Pamela's life within the first few hours. Pamela's daughter, Tasmin soon goes missing as well, leaving Jade to wonder if there is a larger issue at play. Turning to Superintendent David Patel, Jade opens an investigation of her own to keep Pamela out of harm's way. Patel begins working with Jade on the seedier side of the exotic dancer business, where the Jordaan's make most of their money. When detectives at Scotland Yard place a call to Patel, informing him that Johannesburg is home to a large human trafficking ring, with ties to the UK, the investigation takes a darker turn. This ring may relate to some of the Jordaan issues, as well as corruption within Home Affairs, where Patel's wife hold a powerful position, overseeing the granting of passport and identification books to all South Africans. The entire situation is plagued by the kidnapping of young Kevin Patel, forcing both parents to flex their respective muscle to ensure the traffickers get what they need to ensure Kevin's release. As Jade digs deeper, she realises that everything is interconnected, including her feelings for David. How will she handle her job, her personal life, and knowing that she may lose both if she cannot remain professional? Mackenzie returns with another riveting story and drops a bomb on Jade in the closing chapters, sure to keep the reader spellbound and our protagonist gasping for breath.I find the entire package that Mackenzie offers up to be highly intriguing and thought-provoking. While her opening novel addressed South Africa as a country trying to dig out from under apartheid, this one addresses the bureaucratic corruption within Home Affairs that facilitates false documentation for those with the means to buy it. Mackenzie argues that South Africa remains a target for criminals and that its bureaucracy works on bribes to grease the proverbial wheel. Telling a political, personal, and rime-based story all at once takes talent, something Mackenzie has in spades.Kudos, Madam Mackenzie for this wonderful novel. I continue to marvel at your abilities and hope things continue to lure me in as you have up to now.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  • Maddy
    2019-06-01 15:05

    PROTAGONIST: Jade de Jong, PISETTING: Johannesburg, South AfricaSERIES: #2 0f 2RATING: 4.0Jade de Jong is a private investigator working in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is hired for a job that seems almost humdrum, serving as a bodyguard for a wealthy woman, Pamela Jordaan, after her husband, Terrance, disappears. Things quickly become complicated. A man on a motorcycle attempts to kill Pam. Then her oldest daughter goes missing, and the husband is found brutally tortured. As if that’s not enough, the husband’s mistress is killed in their family home. When involved in such a complex investigation, Jade often turns to her friend and former lover, police superintendent David Patel. It is obvious that the two of them are fighting their attraction to each other. Patel is in the midst of a big human trafficking operation. As it turns out, that connects to the Jordaan family and their troubles. And then his son is kidnapped. David experiences great guilt; it is because of him that his estranged wife gave up a career opportunity that would have required her to move and remained in Johannesburg. As it turns out, the kidnapping arose out of her job, where she is involved in a department that issues immigration documents.Although it may sound like there is way too much going on, Mackenzie succeeds in pulling all the threads together in a gripping narrative. The glimpses of how the human trafficking ring worked were horrifying yet informative. Although the characters all seem to carry a lot of baggage, there are nuances about all of them that make them interesting to read about. However, there was a bit too much relationship angst for my liking.Mackenzie has done a great job of depicting a place where paranoia is the normal state of affairs. One must consider the possibility of being a crime victim for almost every daily activity. The narrative throbs with this underlying thread of danger. And then there are the other hassles such as massive traffic gridlock which makes getting around a challenge. The city is really a character in its own right, and the setting is the strongest element of the book.

  • Skip
    2019-05-29 14:50

    P.I. Jade de Jong is hired as a bodyguard by a woman, whose husband disappears from their home. As it turns out, he is the owner of strip clubs, who has been involved in human trafficking. Jade and is found tortured almost to death. The human smugglers are trapped in South Africa and trying to arrange passports to escape, resulting in the kidnapping of David Patel's (Jade's ex-lover) young son. Good taut plot about vengeance. Looking forward to reading book #3.

  • Kimberly
    2019-06-12 17:14

    Not to knock American, and British mystery and crime writers but it is so nice and refreshing to read a mystery novel set somewhere other than the UK, Ireland or the U.S. As good as those mysteries are the settings seem to get over used and so when I came across and read this series last year I was exstatic. I love novels set in Africa, especially South Africa so finding a mystery set in Johannesburg was a real treat for me. In her second adventure, Jade deals with a broken heart, and more death than she'd probably like along with certain dark secrets she's been keeping as to why she left South Africa 10 years ago. What I love about Jassy Mackenzie's writing is that it can be dark, with light hearted moments but she makes her stories and characters realistic. She confronts the dark side of what people will do for love and money and plain old revenge in a great way. As I said Jade's investigations take place in South Africa and the fact that the author was born and raised there gives the book an authentic feeling. For me it makes me really immerse myself in the story because I know that the author is using what she knows to create the setting and describe the people. I loved the mystery of this one because there was a lot more going on in this volume than the first (which I did love) but now that she's established Jade as a character I felt like the focus was more on the investigation than her. Between Pamela Jordaan's missing husband, daughter and a human trafficking ring and running from bullets Jade certainly has her hands full but she's tough as nails and I really like seeing how she solves crime. Jade isn't afraid to use the criminal element to help solve a case especially when there are young women involved and I love how ballsy she is. She's able to channel her fear and use it to push forward regardless of the personal danger to herself.Full of adventure, thrills and murder and an ending that surprised me with how the whole story came together I've got to say that this was a great second book in this series that shows an author who isn't afraid to tackle hard issues, talk about her country in sometimes less than flattering ways and was able to keep the momentum going. I loved Stolen Lives and can't wait to read the next one in the series to see what dark alley's Jassy Mackenzie will take Jade down.I'd recommend Stolen Lives to mystery fans who want a thrill and a mystery that will have them guessing and not wanting to put the book down until their done. While this is the second book in the series and I suggest reading the first book before this, I suppose you could read it without having read the first as long as you don't mind a few holes in the characters backstories from the first book. It offers a unique setting and one that brings to life it's setting exceptionally well.

  • Julie
    2019-06-18 12:57

    I wanted to love this book; I expected to love it because I really liked the first one (Random Violence). That book had my thriller wishlist: feisty female PI? Check. Exotic locale? Check. Interesting, believable, complex plot? Check.Sorry to say it but there is a big difference, in terms of reader satisfaction, between a complex solution to the crime(s) and a convoluted one. There was so much going on by the end of this book, I couldn't even read my own cheat sheet. Also the main character, Jade, is less feisty than foolish in this particular outing. Like Thomas Hardy's Tess, she just couldn't keep her big mouth shut, and then when things go sideways with her lover, she's all, "Oh, I wish I still had him in my life. I guess I really do lurve him!" and whatnot. Finally, the believe-ability factor just flies out the door when a known torturer tells his captive victim, "I'm going to count to five, and you better tell me what I want to know, or I will hurt you with the torture device I have here in my hand. One... Two..." Really?

  • William Bentrim
    2019-06-05 12:03

    Stolen Lives by Jassy MackenzieThis 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.

  • Jasmine
    2019-06-13 15:07

    okay so I"m pretty excited about these books. I mean they're super fun reads, they are set in a place that gives them a level of interestingness that isn't as solid in books set in america. there is just a lot of good good stuff happening here. This one is about human trafficing which is totally interesting. the other thing they have going for them is that yes the heroine does things normal people wouldn't do, but it tends to be clear why she does them. I appreciate that, plus she's so much more likely to call the cops then most people in mysteries which I like. SOHO crime... I'm a fan.

  • Robert Intriago
    2019-06-20 17:18

    I liked this one better than her first book and I hope the next one has the same intensity. I almost gave it a five star but some of the incidents (4 of them) just come together a little bit too neatly to be believable. The story deals with human trafficking and the seedy world of prostitution. The story is good because it is dark and the bad guys are really bad. The main character, Jade, is a private investigator who is unafraid to break the law to get results. Her behaviour is in direct conflict with her sometimes lover, David Patel, a detective in the South African police.

  • Renee
    2019-06-11 10:58

    Gritty thriller about human trafficking, based in South Africa. Jade de Jong falls in between Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and Taylor Steven's Vanessa Michael Monroe.

  • ND
    2019-05-26 18:55

    gory but enjoyable

  • Beth
    2019-06-21 16:07

    October 14 LondonSTOLEN 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 25Terence 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. Her husband has made very dangerous enemies.Lindewe Mtwetwa is a link in a chain that provides bogus documentation to people who need false passports and identity cards to get out of South Africa. She has good contacts at the office of Home Affairs until, suddenly, no one is returning her calls and documents she has promised to some very nasty people aren’t available. Lindewe cannot know that David Patel’s wife, Naisha, has just taken over the office of Home Affairs and has immediately begun a campaign to clean up the department, especially the sale of false documents. Much more than Lindewe’s considerable income is at stake here.STOLEN LIVES is two more stories, all four woven together to show that stealing a person’s life is as easy as crushing a bug. Money breeds money and, in these stories, the acquisition of money has crushed any conscience that might have once lingered in the psyche’s of the men and women who traffic in the lives of the desperately poor who think a job at a place like Heads and Tails is the way out of poverty for themselves and their families.Jassy Mackenzie has written a story that is tight; so tight that even a little information can be too much information and ruin the impact of the story. Johannesburg is a very dangerous city. The rich live behind high walls topped with barbed wire. They live in gated communities, in homes with the best security systems money can buy. Magnificent homes are prisons, the residents hiding behind steel doors and barred windows. Even in communities protected by gates, individual homes are protected by more gates and most residents have huts at their driveways, shelter for the round-the-clock guards who are encouraged to shoot before asking questions. The poor live in a state of poverty beyond anything that can be imagined in the United States. Life is cheap in Johannesburg and it is a perfect place for trafficking in sex slaves because each who falls into the trap believes that, eventually, she will join the rich behind walls in another gated community. Poverty steals rational thought; it is those who use the poor who steal their hope.There is violence in STOLEN LIVES but it reflects the brutality of the characters who engage in sexual slavery. For a person to engage in the trafficking of human beings, they must have willingly given up their own humanity. David Patel is an uncomplicated man caught in a complicated relationship. He loves his wife and his son but he also loves Jade, someone he has known for most of his life. Jade, on the other hand, is a very complicated woman. Jade can kill and has done so, creating a barrier between herself and David. She is a reflection of Johannesburg, a beautiful city shadowed by violence and its history. Johannesburg has secrets and so does Jade.STOLEN LIVES is an excellent follow-up to the first book in the series, RANDOM VIOLENCE. The evil in the first book is deadening because it is unpredictable. The evil in STOLEN LIVES isn’t unpredictable. The core of the story is the trafficking in human beings and there is nothing more evil than that. Not everyone gets what they deserve.

  • Mark
    2019-06-17 12:04

    During a raid on a brothel in the London suburbs, the Human Trafficking team of Scotland Yard, unearth a nest of young teenage girls from South Africa. By following a lead from a seriously beaten young girl as to a friend that was abducted and sold into private slavery the British police engage in a joint operation with their counter-parts in Johannesburg. Mackenzie, a journalist living is South Africa, has concocted a fine thriller featuring private investigator/bodyguard Jade De Jong. Recently out of her on again off again relationship with police detective, David Patel, Jade takes what looks to be a cushy assignment watching over Pamela Jordaan, whose husband has disappeared. However when within the first hour of driving he charge an attempt is made on Pamela’s life Jade discovers that she is in for long hard haul. Pamela’s husband, a brothel owner and trafficker in people, “the third most lucrative criminal activity in the world” has many enemies. When they discover his maimed and tortured body and his daughter, who was also involved in the ‘family business’, is discovered missing Jade teams back up, in and out of bed, with Patel to discover who was responsible for shipping these young girls out to parts unknown.Other mysterious forces are at work as the back story builds solidly to catch up with the flow of the human traffic and Mackenzie does a grand job of guiding us expertly through this dangerous world and then dropping us in the middle of mix in an effort to gather clues, along with the police investigators, to find the missing heiress of the Jo’burg porn world and discover which of the players are lying as we are left twisting and grasping at straws as the novel explodes in the final few pages.This, not to be missed debut novel, will entertain, enthrall and enlighten and all at lightning speed.

  • Edith Parzefall
    2019-06-21 15:19

    Stolen Lives is a beautifully crafted thriller. Set in England and South Africa, it explores worldwide sex trafficking. While Jassy Mackenzie doesn't spare the reader gruesome details about the victims' fates, she focuses as much on the small players making human trafficking possible. From the pawn shop broker and corrupt bureaucrats dealing in false passports to strip club owners keeping an eye out for girls suitable for overseas export. Stolen Lives also shows the risks for those trying to change the system--and for their families.Johannesburg is a fascinating backdrop for this novel. Jade de Jong is an engaging main character, tough and smart but vulnerable and human. In this sequel to Random Violence, she's contrasted by a still insecure, likeable English detective finding her feet in the fight against organized crime.This gritty story is lightened by slivers of humor that provide the reader moments of respite and the relief of a laugh.The audio book is a pleasure to listen to. Justine Eyre does a fabulous job with the different accents and musters just the right intonation. I listened to the eight CDs in two days.Highly recommended.

  • Maria
    2019-06-03 14:58

    Even though I did enjoy this book, the characters were well written and the story addictive, I was let down by the gaps in the research. Obtaining an Identity Document through the South African Department of Home Affairs is now no longer a harrowing experience. I can with confidence say that it was easier dealing with them than the government department in Portugal. A major overhaul was done after the incident mentioned in the book where a man committed suicide after an official once again denied him his ID documents, in this country of subsidies a life-line with which both he and his family could not survive. I was therefore surprised that Mackenzie went on so much about how unreliable Home Affairs was, bad research. She could easily have rectified this error by adding the year 2009 to the already printed date that headed the chapters. This kind of error grates on me as a reader and after a while I started questioning all the other little 'facts' she placed in between the fiction. This is a pity because otherwise the book was a great read.

  • Deb
    2019-06-25 13:15

    A bit violent for my taste, but fast-paced and storyline was interesting. I literally skipped over the gory parts as I didn't need to know that stuff. There were two cases being investigated by Scotland Yard and two cases being investigated by police in South Africa. Unbeknownst to either of them the cases are all connected; once S.Yard contacted S.Africa, the puzzles started to piece together -- after much violence I must say! Human trafficking was at the heart of it; murder ensued; threats made to have false passports made so the wanted could disappear out of the country. Jade is the heroine in this second in the series. One tough woman. Her mom died a few months after she was born so she knows nothing about her; however, she finds out in this book about her mom's career path. Will continue with the next book as I do like the characters.

  • Bonnie
    2019-06-09 15:56

    In this second of the Jade de Jong series by Jassy Mackenzie, Jade is approached by Pamela Jordaan whose husband, owner of a strip club, has gone missing. As they are driving on a public highway, they are shot at by a man on a motorcycle causing Pamela to wreck her Corvette convertible. Next, Pamela's daughter goes missing and Jade realizes someone is targeting Pamela's family because they are involved in organized crime. She just doesn't realize how sinister the crime is: human trafficking. To make matters worse, the case brings her back with David Patel, the ex-boyfriend she has been trying to forget. The action is violent and unrelenting and shows the seamier side of South Africa.

  • Linda
    2019-06-12 13:54

    A new author for me and an interesting story with a few twists and turns before you get to the end. Set in South Africa around Johannesburg, dealing with human trafficing. It is a pretty good read, but has some gruesome murders involving extreme torture. A torture method that I have not read of in any previous books. Yikes, I hope the author just has a fertile imagination and has never read of such things happening in real life. Fortunately most of it is read about after the fact, and you are not reading about it while the torture is actually taking place. In this book there are some bad people involved in human trafficing for the sex trade.

  • Tuck
    2019-06-16 12:08

    This 2nd title by south african Jassy is tightly plotted (for the most part) and the 2 main characters, Jade the PI and her married cop lover David, are given even more history and motivations, along with great local feeling and descriptions of good ole SA make for a believable and churning crime/noir novel. It involves the international smuggling of sex slaves, mostly for sale in england, but run by yugoslavs, SA'ers, and brits, so there's lots of opportunities here for intrigue, state-to-state cop biz, airport tension etc. Good descriptions too of the bizarre world of safety, fear, money, and thugs in south africa. Another good addition to noir from a south african author.

  • Jemera Rone
    2019-06-13 12:50

    I like this character, daugter of a mudered police officer, and her romantic interest, a police officer who was mentored by her father who is, unforunately, married. The setting and the mixture of races of all the characters are indeed absorbing and the bodies pile up as fast as one expects in South Africa -- unlike Scandanavian detective novels, where the murder rate is astronomically high for such civilized countries. But our heroine definitely earns her keep as she sets out to be a body guard to a spoiled woman who lives in a gated community but still faces motorcycle assassination attempts and other dangers.

  • Marc Leroux
    2019-06-08 18:51

    I received Pale Horses through the Good reads give-away program, and on the strength of it picked up the earlier books in the Jade de Jong series. I haven't been disappointed. This is a book that deals with the all too real subject of human trafficking. The South African setting brings back memories for me, which is great, but the writing is crisp, the flow and pace is great and the characters engaging. As far as thrillers go, this is a very good series. Well recommended.

  • Susan
    2019-06-20 18:05

    Human trafficking between Johannesburg - London the background of this book, with lots of murder, mayhem, complicated lives and actions in between. The book reflects changes in South African society where policemen are black, Indian, white, male and female - there's traditional hierarchy and change reflected in the book; adds to its interest as, of course, does the love interest. And the fact that some of the women have greater financial power than their male partners. Interesting, I thought. Fast paced, blood and gore. Good read.

  • Joann
    2019-05-26 12:15

    I loved the first book of this series and this one was just ok for me. It seemed a bit over plotted. The other subplots were all tied together at the end but the ending seemed too abrupt for me and left me wondering what happened to Pam? I'm already reading the 3rd one in this series. I find myself writing down places that are mentioned in the book and googling them. It's also part of a history lesson on South Africa for me.

  • Peter A
    2019-06-13 11:19

    In general, I like the Soho Mystery series. The topic of the book was troubling but real. There was more blood than I like. There is an interest dilemma face by the protagonist, if a person is really evil, should she become the executioner. She is less troubled about this than her would be flame.What I also like about good mysteries is a sense of place. I did get one for South Africa - as rather lawless. ... As others have commented, it is fast paced, and a good read

  • Sally Grey
    2019-05-31 12:09

    I was not very happy with the first book in the series but I'm giving it another try. Perhaps it's the translation, but often the writer seems to be withholding information in a rather irritating way.One star rating is a gift! The writing is sloppy & OMG, in the middle of chaos she stops to get her hair done?! I won't be reading #3, if anybody is tempted to publish it.I tried to like it.

  • george burns
    2019-05-28 11:18

    Clever but brutalClever but brutalThe author succeeds in constructing an intrigue and surprising story line with some well developed characters. There are, however, two weaknesses: there is too much unnecessary violence and Jade takes too many foolish risks which require incredible good luck for her to survive.

  • Christine
    2019-05-27 18:19

    This book was more of a thriller than a mystery, and not the kind of book I usually read. There is quite a bit of violence, but the story had such an intense plot that I couldn't quit. Trying to skim over the bloody parts, the characters were so good, and the pace so intense that I had to keep turning the pages! I am now hooked on this series, and anxiously await the next title.

  • Kate
    2019-06-19 15:51

    Set in contemporary South Africas,private bodyguard-for-hire, Jade de Jong becomes mixed up in a human trafficking network who stop at nothing. A fast paced action thriller as violent and brutal as the society of its setting. Some brutal scenes and graphic violence, definitely not for squeamish, this novel also raises awareness for human trafficking.

  • William Doonan
    2019-05-26 15:02

    I still have some questions about how this came together in the end, but it a great read. I haven't read a contemporary mystery set in South Africa before, so this was an eye opener. It made me never want to go there.

  • Kirsten
    2019-06-19 17:03

    So far I like this series (it's earned the highest rating in this category for my Goodreads books so far) but as other reviews have mentioned, there is quite a bit of violence--not for people who prefer their mysteries light and cheery.

  • Linden
    2019-06-16 17:08

    The second Jade de Jong mystery gives an excellent look at post-apartheid Johannesburg and the danger that requires people to live behind secure gates with armed guards. This is bloody violent, but suspenseful to the max. Focuses on human trafficking.