Despair and Hope: Jassy Mackenzie’s South African Noir.

“Bad Seeds, the fifth of Mackenzie’s Jade de Jong novels, has many other aspects of classic noir, and several of these qualities distinguish her work from most of South African crime fiction. “

Glenn Harper
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Turning Dark History Into a Thriller.

Michael Sears interview with Jassy on the The Big Thrill website.
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“South African crime novelist Jassy Mackenzie hit the ground running with her 2008 publication, Random Violence, featuring gutsy PI Jade de Jong. Set in contemporary Johannesburg, the novel earned local acclaim.”

J. Sydney Jones interview with Jassy on his Scene of the Crime website.
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“Jassy Mackenzie’s debut crime novel, Random Violence (Umuzi), has been picking up the kind of reviews writers dream of. Set in Johannesburg, it gets to the soul of the city – its nastiness, its vulnerability, its anxieties – with a bunch of characters that are as damaged as the world they inhabit. Fast-paced, compulsive Random Violence is a thrill a page. Mackenzie took time off from loading a ‘black, stubby and functional’ Glock 19 to chat with Mike Nicol.”

Mike Nicol’s interview with Jassy Mackenzie on Crime Beat’s blog on the Book SA website.
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“Introducing four illustrious literary journalists and the four new writers they interviewed at this year’s Umuzi New Writers Showcase, he said that publishing director, Annari Van der Merwe, had been committed since the conception of Umuzi as an imprint of Random House to defining a new space in which South African voices could emerge and flourish.”

Umuzi New Writer’s Showcase book launch at the Park Hyatt, Johannesburg.
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