Friday, March 30, 2012

"The Fallen"

New from Soho Press: The Fallen: A Jade de Jong Investigation by Jassy Mackenzie.

About the book, from the publisher:

When P.I. Jade de Jong invites Superintendent David Patel on a scuba diving holiday in St Lucia, she hopes the time away will rebuild their conflicted relationship. Jade's dreams are soon shattered when David calls off their affair, forcing her into the arms of environmentalist Craig Niewoudt, who has just been rejected by his traveling companion, too. But the next morning, romantic issues are put aside when a scuba diving instructor, Amanda Bolton, is found brutally stabbed to death.

Amanda is a most unlikely candidate for murder - a quiet and intelligent woman who until a few months ago pursued a high-powered career as an air traffic controller. She had few acquaintances and no lovers. The only loose end is a postcard in her room from Jo'burg based Themba Msamaya, asking how she is doing after 813 and The Fallen.

In contrast, the resort's other dive instructor, Sharlene, has a history of theft, job-hopping, drug-taking, and multiple liaisons with unsuitable men. The police are eager to question her, but soon discover that she has disappeared.

Was Amanda murdered in error? Did Sharlene hear or see the crime being committed and then flee to save her own life? Convinced that she possesses vital information, Jade and David put their differences aside and start the deadly hunt.
Learn more about the book and author at Jassy Mackenzie's website.

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