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Divine Justice Kindle Edition

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Length: 282 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

"The Short Drop" by Matthew FitzSimmons
Meet the assassin The Washington Post calls "a doozy of a sociopath" in this debut thriller from Matthew FitzSimmons. Available on Kindle and in paperback.

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  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Burnet Media (October 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DIVINE JUSTICE is not a comfortable book for a romantic like me to read. It is, however, fast paced and very well written, and clearly deserves its inclusion on the 2011 Sunday Times' list of top South African thrillers.

The first adventure of the one-legged Private Investigator Rae Valentine, the strength of DIVINE JUSTICE lies in its well-constructed plot and vivid descriptions. From the opening scene of a devastating fire on Table Mountain to the final action where Rae must fight for her life and her sanity, this hard-boiled, edgy story thrums along with gritty details of the seamier side of life in Cape Town.

In Rae Valentine, Hichens gives us a spirited female character, as vulnerable as she is tough and intelligent. She doesn't get much help from her unreliable partners, who must struggle with their own demons while Rae struggles with villains who are dangerous fanatics and provide a taut edge of uncertainty throughout the book. When people are that crazy and hate-filled, anything can happen. This constant sense of imminent loss of control by any of the Boyz, or the Pastor (who has a fetish for amputees), keeps the tension high right until the end.

Throughout the story, Hichens explores the themes of trust (or lack of it), religious fundamentalism and survival. When desperately fighting for her life, Rae must find the mental muscle to do anything it takes to survive...

If you like noir crime writing where the world is not a nice place, colourful characters run amok, a city burns with both flames and rage, a few mad capers take place in a dark underbelly of South Africa and its neighbour Namibia, I guarantee DIVINE JUSTICE will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can.
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I defy anyone to download merely a sample of Divine Justice! Once you start this rollicking, edge-of-the seat trip through Cape Town, you'll be desperate to find out what happens next! You'll probably also want to book a ticket to Cape Town! Hichens writing dispels the myth that crime writing is a light-weight genre. She delivers a vivid depiction of the differences inherent in a city as complicated and colourful as Cape Town. Sea Point is where the Nigerians sell coke and other kak, attired in agbada with loose pants and long flowing tops. The Somalis are the shop-keepers in billowing traditional direh dresses, with hijabs and head-to-foot julabees. The Congolese are in Muizenberg. And then there are the Sea Point Jews, with their tragic European history. And don't forget the disadvantaged locals, bitter about the lack of opportunity in their past. None of them trust each other .The story moves to Namibia with its rippling dunes and bleached whale bones, protruding from the whiteness of the sifting sands. The visual images provide a stark and unsettling background for the action. And there's plenty of action...

Religious fundamentalists will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. Hichens introduces us to one in the opening pages of Divine Justice. He's climbing Table Mountain. And it's burning. Anyone familiar with the dry heat of a Cape Town summer knows about fire in the fynbos - but it looks different to a crazed evangelist. The flames are red and gold. Orange and crimson.To him, they spell apocalypse.There's a puppet master pulling the strings of the evangelist and his sect - but he's not looking for salvation. He's after the money...

Diamonds are the key in the mystery unravelled in a page-turner where surprise revelations keep coming. They're worth a fortune.
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Even if you're not a crime novel fan, which I'm not particularly, you may be converted by this sexy, fast-paced thriller by Cape Town's Joanne Hichens -- I read it in one night, staying up to read it in bed...Hichens' protagonist, detective Rae Valentine, a one-legged reformed drug addict/rape victim, is surprisingly sympathetic, savvy and courageous. She gets mixed up with a gang of right-wing fanatics, including a completely deranged preacher-man straight out of Flannery O'Connor (American southern Gothic), and the humour is thick and dark. But the book is completely South African, with a sojourn into neighbouring Namibia; the plight of the San (Bushmen) and the xenophobic violence towards 'foreigners' (mainly immigrants from other African countries) figure in the narrative. Hugely entertaining, as well as offering insight into the crime-riddled underbelly of a beautiful country.
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Jo Hichens deserves her place in SA's crime thriller showcase with the follow up to Out to Score. Rae Valentine is a feisty detective who overcomes great adversity to overcome the bad guys. And my personal favourite - Vincent Saldanha, her unreliable partner. Memorable use of classic SA scenery including the Orange River. A must for lovers of hard boiled crime fiction.
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