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 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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'An excellent, uncompromising crime thriller made even better by its setting ... the story is two journeys in one, and I'm glad I took both'
Lee Child
This series just gets better and better. De Vries is utterly believable: fallible, weak, but ultimately, driven' 
SA Review of Books
''Mendelson plots so smoothly and writes so powerfully''
The Guardian
'A new Vaughn de Vries novel is the best news there is. Mendelson is the new King of SA Crime'
Books, 456 FM
'A jaw-droppingly brilliant crime thriller. Imagine The Killing moved to Cape Town and into the landscape of the hot and dusty African veld'
Philip Glenister
The novel fizzes, helped by a vivid backdrop of the country's post-apartheid transformation
The Times
His debut novel bristles with a command of language and narrative that suggests someone with a slew of novels to their name.
The Financial Times