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Product Details

  • Series: A PI Jade de Jong Novel (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161695065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616950651
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,548,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Searing… Mackenzie’s blend of contemporary South African issues with Jade’s inner turmoil is pitch perfect, and the true cliffhanger will leave fans eager for more.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“A white-knuckle thriller with an utterly chilling finale.”—Tess Gerritsen

"[H]igh suspense, complex story, and almost non-stop action." —Gumshoe Review

Praise for the Jade de Jong series:

“Remarkable.”—The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jassy Mackenzie was born in Rhodesia and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. She lives in Kyalami near Johannesburg and edits and writes for the annual publication Best of South Africa. She is the author of three novels in the Jade de Jong series.

Customer Reviews

Great book, what a cliff hanger!
Denise Scott
The Fallen is a captivating cocktail of action, tension and personal conflict, with realistic characters and emotional depth.
Edith
The protagonist seems a bit contrived.
Westy

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Format: Hardcover
First Line: Themba Msamaya didn't suspect a thing on the morning he opened his door to death.

Private investigator Jade de Jong invites her lover, Police Superintendent David Patel, on a scuba diving holiday in hopes that it will solidify their troubled relationship. Instead, Jade discovers that she hates scuba diving, and David puts an end to their affair. However, the next morning, all differences are put aside when one of the resort's diving instructors is found stabbed to death in her room.

Amanda Bolton is a most unlikely murder victim. She was a quiet, intelligent woman who, until a few months ago, was an air traffic controller. She had few acquaintances. The only loose end is a postcard Jade finds in her room that contains a mysterious message. There's no doubt about it: relationship woes or not, Jade and David are going to have to work together in order to solve this murder.

I've long been intending to read one of Jassy Mackenzie's Jade de Jong mysteries, and I'm glad that I finally made the time. The Fallen is a well-plotted, fast-paced book that kept me guessing until the end and vowing to add this South African author's books to my Must Read List. If you're wondering how well I handled reading the third book in the series first, wonder no more. I had no problem at all. Mackenzie provides just enough back story to ensure that the storyline isn't confusing while tantalizing me into feeling that I need to read the previous books in the series.

Of course the reason why I feel that I have to read the first and second books is private investigator Jade de Jong herself. She is a fascinating character who is a natural when it comes to having a gun in her hand-- and at the same time she's a very compassionate woman to the people around her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sattler on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Once again, I find myself showing up late for a series of novels featuring several recurring characters. Thankfully, as is the case with Jassy Mackenzie's Jade de Long series, that is not always a bad thing. The Fallen, Mackenzie's third Jade de Long novel, works so well as a standalone novel, in fact, that I now want to go back and read her two previous ones featuring this feisty South African private investigator.

Jade de Long is taking scuba lessons in St. Lucia while she waits for her boyfriend, police superintendent David Patel, to join her for the romantic holiday she has planned for them. Still fighting the panic attacks that make it impossible for her to remain underwater for any length of time, Jade is grateful for the kind and patient attention she is receiving from dive instructor Amanda Bolton. She genuinely likes the young instructor and is intrigued when she learns that only a few months earlier Amanda had been working as an air traffic controller.

Things begin to go bad when David arrives with news about a personal matter that will adversely affect their relationship. Jade, reacting badly to David's revelation and not wanting to return to the cabin she shares with him, winds up spending the night in another man's bed. Then, before she can confront David about whether they still have future together, she discovers that Amanda Bolton has been stabbed to death.

David offers to help the undermanned local police department with the murder investigation, and Jade, feeling some personal loyalty to Amanda, works with him every step of the way. As Jade and David pick away at the few clues they start with, they learn just how complicated the situation they have stumbled into really is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edith on April 13, 2012
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The Fallen is a real page turner but not operating with cheap tricks. From start to finish, there's always something intriguing happening. Jassy Mackenzie skillfully weaves together several subplots and sprinkles in back story set up in previous Jade de Jong books on a need-to-know basis. New readers should have no problems following the book, while I thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with her protagonists and more shady characters of Jade's past. At the same time a new adventure unfolds and poses challenges Jade never expected when planning a romantic holiday in paradise-like St. Lucia.

Jassy Mackenzie sheds light on ruthless money-making schemes of hardcore criminals, but also shows how personal tragedy can bring out the worst in ordinary people. Okay, maybe not that ordinary. The Fallen is a captivating cocktail of action, tension and personal conflict, with realistic characters and emotional depth. Highly recommended!
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By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on August 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
P.I. Jade de Jong organizes a vacation to a seaside resort with her erstwhile lover, David Patel, only to get involved in a murder investigation and a potential ecological disaster. Some vacation, further complicated by the fact that when David does show up he tells her he is returning to his four-months pregnant wife. So much for a happy trip

Before David's arrival, Jade was taking scuba diving lessons and attempting to overcome her fear of underwater activities. Her instructor, Amanda, is soon knifed to death. Jade and David undertake to assist the local police in the investigation, hindered by an organized crime conspiracy.

A continuing theme in this series is Jade's attempts to learn more about her mother, who died when she was merely a year old in the very area in which she is now vacationing. This novel, as its predecessors, is set in South Africa. But unlike the former entries in the series, there is much less emphasis on that country's post-apartheid era and more on greed and revenge unrelated to that part of the nation's history.

As a rip-roaring heroine, Jade is still in the forefront of rugged protagonists. The book is a careful examination of the subjects and a superb thriller.

Recommended.
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More About the Author

Jassy Mackenzie is from a family where books weren't just more important than television, they were so important that television was banned from the house.

Jassy was born in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. She is now 40, and lives in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg with her partner Dion, two horses and two cats. She was inspired to write her first novel, Random Violence, after getting hijacked at gunpoint in her own driveway.

She has a day job - editing a hair and beauty magazine - but is lucky enough to work from home, so instead of sitting in traffic for hours every day, she stays in bed and writes.

Random Violence, which introduced the renegade PI Jade de Jong, was shortlisted for Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Africa region, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

Her second book, My Brother's Keeper, (not yet available in the USA) was shortlisted for Best First Novel - Paperback Original in the International Thriller Awards.

Jassy's third book, Stolen Lives, the second in the Jade de Jong series, will be published in April 2011. She is currently hard at work on book number four, The Fallen.

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