The second thriller to feature PI Jade de Jong, this time revolving around the worlds of strip joints, sex work and human trafficking. When bossy and wealthy Pamela Jordaan hires Jade to locate her missing husband, Jade thinks the job will be relatively simple. But nothing could be further from the truth. After she finds Terence a few days later, brutally tortured and barely clinging to life, Jade realises that she has been drawn into a wicked game, and that she herself is being watched. On top of this, her relationship with Superintendant David Patel changes dramatically when his child is kidnapped and his wife blackmailed. The situation takes a dramatic turn for the worse when it becomes clear that all the three crimes are connected.
From Stolen Lives, page 1
Detective Constable Edmonds saw the running man just a half-second before the unmarked car she was travelling in hit him. A slightly built man, dark-skinned and dark-clad in a tight-fitting jersey and a beanie. He burst out of the shadows behind a flyover and sprinted straight across the a 12, fists pumping, head bowed against the gusting rain, splashing through the puddles on the tarmac as if he were running for his life.
‘Look out!’ Edmonds shouted from the back seat, but Detective Sergeant Mackay, who was driving, had seen the man, too.
‘Hang on, people.’
A shriek of brakes, and then the car reached the puddle of water that had pooled on the tarmac and went into a skid. Edmonds’ seatbelt yanked hard against her chest, squeezing the breath out of her in spite of the regulation Kevlar vest she was wearing under her jacket. She grabbed the seat in front of her, and a moment later her hand was squashed into the padded fabric by the larger, tougher palm of bulky Sergeant Richards, who was also bracing for the crash.