Private Gold opening line: Alone in his office, Khosi Khumalo waited for the visitor who was his last hope.
Joey feels defeated. His business lost their biggest contract due to Government decisions. His partner committed suicide and their office is closing. And his wife has divorced him, taking their daughter with her to live in Cape Town. Johannesburg is a dangerous place, and when he receives a call from Isobel Collins to please provide security for her, he feels compelled to do so. Will he be able to save their lives with his limited skills?
Private Johannesburg is closing down…
After the tragic suicide of his partner, Khosi, Joey Montague is packing up the branch of Private they’d set up in Johannesburg with US owner Jack Morgan. The investigation agency will be scaled down until Joey can recover from this devastating loss.
As he’s loading the removal van, Joey receives a call from an American woman who has just landed in the city and needs his help. But what at first seems to be a simple protection job soon becomes a matter of life and death – not just for his client, but for Joey himself.
Having grown up in Johannesburg and knowing how the city works, I found this bookshot to be a great short read. It covers realistic details of illegal miners and corruption. The only thing that bothered me about the book was a made up suburb name. I like to ‘place’ things in my mind, and this did not help me situate the book in a town I know so well.