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By Jassy Mackenzie

In Johannesburg wealthy whites dwell in gated groups; once they go out their automobiles to open the gates, car-jackings are universal. yet seldom is the sufferer killed, less shot two times, like Annette Botha. Piet Botha, the husband of the rich lady, is the first suspect in his wife's homicide.

P.I. Jade de Jong fled South Africa ten years in the past after her father used to be killed. Now again on the town, she bargains to aid her father's former assistant, Superintendent David Patel, together with his research of this example. below apartheid, Patel, of Indian descent, could never have attained his current place. yet he's feeling strain from his "old line" boss with admire to this research and fears lingering prejudice is at work.

As Jade probes into this and different contemporary car-jacking circumstances, a trend starts to emerge, a trend that is going again to her father's homicide and that includes an unlimited and complicated sequence of crimes for revenue.

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