The History of Blood

The History of Blood When the South African Police Service receive a panicked call for help from the wayward daughter of a former Apartheid era politician they discover only her body but within it a message which will

  • Title: The History of Blood
  • Author: Paul Mendelson
  • ISBN: 9781472121844
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • The History of Blood

    When the South African Police Service receive a panicked call for help from the wayward daughter of a former Apartheid era politician, they discover only her body but, within it, a message which will take Colonel Vaughn de Vries and Don February of the Special Crimes Unit on a journey through their country and their country s past to decipher and resolve As organisedWhen the South African Police Service receive a panicked call for help from the wayward daughter of a former Apartheid era politician, they discover only her body but, within it, a message which will take Colonel Vaughn de Vries and Don February of the Special Crimes Unit on a journey through their country and their country s past to decipher and resolve As organised crime grips South Africa, new players arrive in Cape Town, determined to exploit the poor and hopeless, promising redemption While other government agencies snap impotently at the small fish, De Vries, linked by a personal connection, resolves to follow this trail to its source and take it down from the top As decades old webs of corruption and influence are exposed, and the boundaries of morality blur, his decisions begin to impact on his friends, colleagues and family.

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    1. Rachel Hall

      Having never read a crime thriller set in South Africa before and being really quite unenlightened about the specifics of how dismantling apartheid affected the police force of the nation, I was a little uncertain if this novel would be for me. Thankfully, in the hands of author Paul Mendelson I had the ideal guide with his masterful approach to storytelling and his ability to educate the layman in the history and politics of a fascinating country. The History of Blood is a powerful crime thrill [...]

    2. Richard

      Colonel de Vries is the lead investigator for the Serious Crimes Unit in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a white career police officer at a time of momumental change in his country where the old order has been replaced by positive discrimination towards the indigenous peoples of the country.When the daughter of a formally influential white politician calls the Police Service for help saying she's been kidnapped; they tace her to a seedy hotel more frequented by pimps and prostitutes.However, the [...]

    3. Jay Dwight

      Haven't read a lot of crime fiction set in South Africa, but found this very enjoyable. Excellent police procedural as Colonel Vaughn de Vries investigates what looks like a suicide but quickly develops into a far more sinister story. From a crime fiction standpoint alone, this is a good story. But the intricacies of the fear and corruption within the system and the political and racial tension of a post-apartheid South Africa gives the novel an extra edge.

    4. Elaine Tomasso

      I would like to thank Netgalley and Little Brown for an advance copy of The History Of Blood, the third novel in Mr Mendelson's police procedural series set in Cape Town.The police receive a call for help from a young woman in a seedy motel but when they turn up she is dead. Colonel Vaughn de Vries of the Special Crime Unit immediately recognises her as Chantal Adam, daughter of an assassinated politician, former friend of his daughters and, more recently, a famous model down on her luck. He beg [...]

    5. Tony

      Set in South Africa ruled by ANC, the book follows a white detective from a special unit focused on major crimes trying to solve apparent suicide of a young girl from a prominent SA family, whilst trying to deal with "positive" discrimination in a largely corrupt police force, ruthless ivory and drug smugglers and threats to his family. Mendelson has constructed a fast moving story of a single minded policeman unpicking a case in which nobody else is really interested, at least not until another [...]

    6. Paul

      This series has been fantastic. The first book "The first Rule of Survival" set up all of the characters, and what makes them tick. The second book "The Serpentine Road" really started to bring everything together. It is this third book in the series "The History of Blood" where the flow of this police procedure series begins to shine like you knew it would.Take what for many readers is an unknown country (South Africa, specifically Cape Town), add in all of the politics regarding the post apart [...]

    7. Bibliophile

      I do like the de Vries books but this time my heart wasn't in it. Every single female character was a victim. I grew tired of the manly men whose motivation for battling trafficking was having daughters and wives, as if violence against women would otherwise be acceptable.

    8. Eileen Hall

      An exciting murder mystery set in South Africa.Great read!I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Little, Brown Book Group via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

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