My Brother's Keeper
Arriving at a highway accident scene on a stormy night, Jo'burg paramedic Nick Kenyon finds only one victim: a critically injured young woman in the car’s passenger seat. In the ambulance, Nick agrees to take her phone and make an urgent call for her. What he doesn’t know is that the missing driver is part of a cold-blooded gang of robbers planning their biggest-ever heist. And that his actions have just made him a target.
As an ex-mercenary with a dubious past, this paramedic not only knows how to save lives, but also how to take them. Nick will be needing both these skills, because his past is back with a vengeance. His brother Paul is the gang leader and has an old score to settle. Nick helped put Paul in prison once before, and Paul has vowed it will never happen again.
The countdown to the heist begins, and two brothers are pitted against each other once more in a deadly battle where there can be only one survivor.
Following her acclaimed debut Random Violence (2008), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Africa Region in 2009 and has been translated into German, Jassy Mackenzie establishes herself as a unique and exciting voice in crime fiction with My Brother’s Keeper.
From My Brother's Keeper, page 14
Johannesburg, November 2007
The highway was a sea of broken glass. Rain sluiced down, brilliant in the glare of headlights from the waiting cars. Spitting water, Nick hunched his shoulders against the downpour. He ducked his head as a soaking gust of wind buffeted him back towards the crumpled vehicle on the road.
He gripped the handles of the stretcher, his tight latex gloves slick with water. Behind him he felt Laki, the ambulance driver, stabilise the load.
Laki shouted something. The pounding of rain on metal drowned out his voice, but Nick thought he recognised the words ‘underwater rescue’.
What others say
More Mackenzie, please …
— Deon Meyer
Truly compelling. My Brother's Keeper is a smart, page-turning thriller populated with living, breathing characters, one of the most memorable being Jo'burg itself.
— Jeffery Deaver
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