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The Mashego File The Mashego File is inspired by one of the characters who appears in Plain Dealing the third volume of The Ryder Quartet Building on front line research in the war against crime in Durban South Afr

  • Title: The Mashego File
  • Author: IanPatrick
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Mashego File is inspired by one of the characters who appears in Plain Dealing , the third volume of The Ryder Quartet Building on front line research in the war against crime in Durban, South Africa, with assistance and guidance from detectives, forensics experts, and victims of crime, the author has explored the precise locations in which scenes are set, and ha The Mashego File is inspired by one of the characters who appears in Plain Dealing , the third volume of The Ryder Quartet Building on front line research in the war against crime in Durban, South Africa, with assistance and guidance from detectives, forensics experts, and victims of crime, the author has explored the precise locations in which scenes are set, and has captured details of background, history, and actual crimes before adapting them for his purposes into fast paced fiction thrillers His intention is to create exciting crime stories steeped in authenticity of action, place and time, while exploring current debates on law, justice, crime and moral responsibility Intrigued by the way the character Mashego evolved in Plain Dealing , he decided to trace back in the detective s past to explore the origins of his attitude and approach to police work The Mashego File traces this earlier phase in the policeman s career.

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    1. Sarah Key on said:

      ‘The Mashego File’ plays out like a well-crafted, highly rehearsed production. It is not surprising, when reading the author’s bio, to learn that Ian Patrick has a background in theatre. His book is filled with varied characters, economically described yet vibrant, each with their own personality and perspective. The corrupt SAPS general and her cronies churn the gut, her entitled stepson possesses even less conscience than his parent and the residents of Sikwehle Road, KwaMashu, are a com [...]

    2. Goldie Dickson on said:

      This was really nice. A few months ago I read/heard the earlier book with Detective Mashego in it - 'Plain Dealing' - but only realised at the end of this one that 'The Mashego File' takes the story back into the past. It was really nice to meet him here at an earlier stage of his career, knowing what would later happen to him in 'Plain Dealing'. I liked the scene with the forensics woman where she tells Mashego all about that brilliant young woman cop who discovers things in the woods. I wonder [...]

    3. Peter Lovegrove on said:

      So I didn't win the GR giveaway for this. So I went and paid for it. Two dollars, huh? When I think of the crap I've bought for ten dollars or even twenty dollars, I'm amazed. This was absa-damn-lootely brilliant! One of the finest thrillers I've ever read. Everyone interested in cops and robbers should read this. A classic tale of good versus bad and there is deep, deep satisfaction here for any reader who's depressed about the corruption all around us in the world.A damn fine read. I recommend [...]

    4. Jeremiah Dube on said:

      Very satisfying. Maybe I just like Clint Eastwood's 'Dirty Harry' too much, but I really do like it when the moral universe is set right by the actions of big strong heroes. Nice character, this Mashego guy. I would follow him anywhere. I liked the descriptions of the township - the dry tree with its roots, etc. That was really good. Maybe because I used to live in such conditions. Took me back to my childhood.

    5. Peter Bishop on said:

      Outstanding. I love this author. Great plot. Great character. Really nice dialogue. Thrilling and easy to read.

    6. Nhlanhla Dube on said:

      Hey. Hot stuff. This was outstanding. I loved this, man. Real, in your face, action and mayhem. And good, good writing, man. Superb thriller. Mashego is my man.

    7. Frank Swart on said:

      Wonderful thriller. Fast, inexorably chasing to a conclusion that we all want but aren't sure that we'll get, and with a fantastic moral unperpinning that any sane person surely wants, deep down, even if they won't admit it to their politically-correct selves. This was really different and realistic. It echoes so much of what is happening right now. Political corruption at the top of police management, heroic policemen and forensics women at the bottom, all determined to get to the villains. And [...]

    8. Kobus Kotze on said:

      Very, very good. I read this on Guy Fawkes day, keeping my terrified dog company. I couldn't have chosen a better book. I could hardly hear the fireworks outside because the fireworks were leaping up off the page. This was entertaining and exciting and real, and with great characters. Very, very nice plot and nice easy language (the few zulu words are easy to understand in context). The little boy was a truly amazing character. He should have an entire book dedicated to himself, author! I want t [...]

    9. Dianne Wilson on said:

      Oh my. Oh my. This was really quite superb. It is so packed with action and wonderful characters. I loved this. Absolutely loved it. I'm still thinking about it. I'm doing research on the police and crime and political management situation in the very area where this is set. Because I don't give five stars readily I'm treating this review as merely my preliminary thoughts about the book, and I will read it again (and again after that, I'm sure). I liked this so much.

    10. Michael Green on said:

      Knocked me flat, this. Excellent thriller. Lots of action and really nice characterisation. Absolutely grooved on it.

    11. Jane Goodfield on said:

      I waited to see if I'd win the giveaway for this but no, I never win. So I bought it. Well worth it. This is so scintillating. I just love Mashego as a character and the little boy Jellies is so, so cute. What a lovely story. Not just a cop thriller but a real novel about life in South Africa.

    12. Brian Bradford on said:

      Outstanding. I really liked the story about the little boy. A very good thriller that is so true to life, with all the corruption taking place. Brilliant. Couldn't put it down.

    13. Geoffrey Arcman on said:

      What a brilliant little thriller. I noticed this on the "Scout" program a couple of months ago - it was rated hot and trending when I saw it. I've been reading newspaper accounts of real crime in the very area where this book is set, and I found it so uncanny that what I read in newspapers seemed to hover between fiction and documentary (the crimes I read about seemed too horrific to be real, and the stuff I read about the law courts and corruption in the prosecutorial domain seemed too comedic [...]

    14. Harvey Ramsbotham on said:

      Just finished the kindle version of this and have now entered the giveaway for the paperback version. This was so good. I read it in one go. 200 pages or thereabouts, I suppose, in print. I've never read a book so quickly. I was gripped all the way. What did it for me was the realism of the scenery - I know these places quite well - and the action and the rampant corruption in the police at the higher levels ( while at the lower levels the good guys soldier on doing the tough work). Old Captain [...]

    15. Ken Vermaas on said:

      I entered the Giveaway competition for this when I joined GoodReads and lived in hope. But when I didn't win, I had it on my shelf 'to read' and finally got it at the end of October. I thought it was wonderful. The characters are so casual in their delivery of wonderful vernacular and street-wise slang. The opening scene is incredibly powerful. How could one not want to continue after that? It's depressing, what corruption is on the go, and Mashego soldiers on without blinking. He's a great guy. [...]

    16. Bob Quinn on said:

      I came across this from the Giveaway competition (which I never ever win) and eventually bought a copy. Well worth it. A nice thriller with really compassionate human beings. Very sensitively handled rape scenes - that is, I mean the scenes dealing with the trauma after a rape - and the author seems to really know his stuff around counselling processes. Lovely character in the Nurse with the scar. What a gem she is. Would like to see her story written up. A really nice read, this. Oh, and the l [...]

    17. Victoria White on said:

      How incredibly exciting. What a fantastic main character. My favourite detective, now. He's not only a big giant of a tough guy, but he has a heart of gold. I absolutely wept with joy in the final scene with the soccer players (five-year olds wanting, one day, to be just like the twelve-year olds 'when they were also big'. Priceless. I had the tissues with me and I just loved this book so much.

    18. Marvyn Stratmore on said:

      Punched me in the gut. Excellent thriller. As bad as they come, the villains come up against one of the most intriguing detectives I have come across. This guy grows on you. He's already a giant, but, boy, he looms large in my consciousness long after a finished reading the book. A big tough guy who's a teddy bear on the inside. The little boy is really, really, great, too: a fine creation. Excellent reading, this.

    19. Susan Bradshaw on said:

      What a nice thriller. So exciting and so dark and so uplifting all at the same time. I couldn't believe that I could read this through the night in one sitting, but I did. I was really fascinated by how true it all is. I have friends in that city and they tell me stories just like this. How horrendous for the police trying to maintain law and order against all the corruption around them.

    20. Charles Cummings on said:

      Outstanding. A brilliant thriller. Lovely main character. A mix of Jack Reacher and Denzel Washington and well, you name him whatever intelligent, tough, warm-hearted and tough-fisted hero you can think of. This is a guy who surely will go far? I like this writing very much. Easy, no-fuss, exciting and intelligent. Loved it.

    21. Carmen Dustoff on said:

      So good. It was really scary in parts, when one felt that the bush held so many secrets, dark and gloomy at night. I thought someone was about to leap out at me all the time. Very nice character, this detective. He has such a history. No wonder he feels the way he does. I really like this. Nice plot. Nice action. Nice writing.

    22. David Scinter on said:

      Very, very good. Couldn't put it down. Superb plot, great central hero detective, and lots of creepy villains. And a bit of corrpution at the top of the police force. And a sense of moral justice like that of Dirty Harry: only more subtle and more complex. Loved this book.

    23. Richard Heywood on said:

      A good weekend's reading made possible by this book. Amazing action. Amazing moral conundrum. I think I'd do what this detective does when confronted with the awful thugs who populate this book. The law has its place but when you've got the devil in front of you what else can you do? I listened to the audio version of the first book in this series, "Devil Dealing", and then read the book a short while later. It was good that I heard the author's voice because it gave me a handle on the accents, [...]

    24. Bernard Murray on said:

      Too close to the bone, this. With all the corruption in the country I was hoping for something more positive about the police management. They try hard. They need to have a little more support from writers of fiction. OK, so I liked the big detective guy, and the story about the little boy was great, but I preferred the sentiments in the other book I read from this writer, Devil dealing, where the good cops are putting their lives on the line all the time to get the bad guys. Enough, already, of [...]

    25. Dionne Adams on said:

      I'm really into this author's work. I picked this up in a promotion but would gladly have paid for it. Exciting and tear-jerkingly tragic in parts. The way the victims of crime continue to bear their burden every day in a crime-strewn territory never ceases to amaze me. There is resilience and nobility in these characters, and the author captures that well. But he also - like me, dare I say it - shows us how the general populace can (and should) draw a line in the sand and say NO MORE to these t [...]

    26. Charles Christopher on said:

      Excellent. Very exciting. Played with my emotions enormously. I felt very vengeful toward the bad stepson. Do I eschew justice when it comes to dealing with garbage? I don't know. But this was satisfying in the extreme. Well plotted and beautifully cohesive. I felt that I was in the hands of a master story-teller. The scene at the end - the football match - with the new generation providing hope for the future, was very moving.

    27. Henry Winson on said:

      Very exciting. Page one starts off with an extraordinary scene and from that moment I was gripped. It shows very real elements of life in a country torn by corruption and violent crime, and one gets the feeling that the author has been a policeman or is a policeman. The procedural parts of this are excellent. I love the detail and the characters are well created. Mashego himself is a giant of a man and a giant of a character. Hope I can read more of his adventures.

    28. Rodney Martin on said:

      Absolutely superb. Having read the earlier work of this author I was hoping for something exciting and based in fact, and boy, does he deliver it. This time with some poetic beauty, too. Lovely lyrical scenes along with the rip-roaring action we've come to expect. This writer is tracking an important part of the history of this region, through spell-binding action. I loved this.

    29. Greg Riveau on said:

      I read the first couple of thousand words of this when I saw it advertised for the Kindle Scout programme, and thought it was really excellent at the time. Now that I've read the whole thing I haven't changed my mind. This is a fresh and original thriller and I just loved the way the characters develop. First rate. Scary politics behind the reality of police work.

    30. Suzie Whyte on said:

      I really, really enjoyed this. What a fine thriller. The context is extraordinarily relevant. It's almost as if the author is reporting from the inner chambers of policy-making in the police commissioner's office. It is well structured and the characters are very well realised. Depressingly real but upliftingly human. I enjoyed it enormously.

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