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The Serpentine Road summary The Serpentine Road, series The Serpentine Road, book The Serpentine Road, pdf The Serpentine Road, The Serpentine Road 373ce9de3a Even After The Release Of Nelson Mandela And The Promise Of Free Elections, Extremist Groups Terrorized South Africa, Bombing Churches, Opening Fire In Bars And Restaurants Nearly Twenty Five Years Ago, As A Young Captain, Vaughn De Vries Finds Himself In Pursuit Of The Suspects Of A Fatal Bombing In His Precinct, Under The Command Of One Of The Most Feared White Police Officers Of The Time Major Kobus Nel Out Of Radio Communication And Without Clear Evidence, The SAPS Barge Into A Township And Set Off A Chain Of Events Which Will Resonate For A Quarter Of A Century In Cape Town In 2015, The Heiress Of An Apartheid Era Industrialist Is Found Murdered, Her Body Posed To Suggest A Racial Hate Crime But, As Colonel Vaughn De Vries Investigates, Possible Motives For Her Death Abound A Highly Controversial Art Exhibition, Her Sexual Preferences, Her Relationship As Yet Unknown By The Press With The Son Of One Of The Heroes Of The Struggle And, Moving South Down Through The Country, North To South, Five Men Are Murdered, Each With A Connection To A Point In History De Vries Would Sooner Forget When The Link Is Made, De Vries Must Re Live The Traumatic Event To Uncover The Perpetrator Old Wounds, Hidden In History, Are Exposed, And A Mysterious Killer Approaches, Whom No One Seems Able To Stop.Praise For The First Rule Of Survival 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 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 First Rule Of Survival Is An Incredibly Atmospheric, Complex And Dazzling Debut From A Thrilling And Authentic New Voice In Crime Fiction Brian McGilloway An Impressive Debut The Times


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    A fabulously wealthy white heiress is brutally murdered in her secure apartment in Cape Town she is linked with the estranged son of an ANC elder statesman who visited her on the night of the murder Colonel Vaughn De Vries of the South African Police Service investigates Still racist, still misogynistic, indeed misanthropic, the colonel also is still dedicated to justice and ensuring that crime does not pay As his Cape Coloured assistant Don February says he is a good man.Yet the case quick A fabulously wealthy white heiress is brutally murdered in her secure apartment in Cape Town she is linked with the estranged son of an ANC elder statesman who visited her on the night of the murder Colonel Vaughn De Vries of the South African Police Service investigates Still racist, still misogynistic, indeed misanthropic, the colonel also is still dedicated to justice and ensuring that crime does not pay As his Cape Coloured assistant Don February says he is a good man.Yet the case quickly becomes political and in the new South Africa, as in the old, that can be very dangerous indeed


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    A Cape Town cop whose career dates back to the dark days of Apartheid finds himself juggling politics and policing in modern day South Africa when a rich heiress is found murdered and displayed in a macabre homage to the explicit art she promoted.Playwright turned crime writer Paul Mendelson s second Vaughn de Vries novel is a superb South African thriller, full of twists and intrigue There is so much to like about this book, but in particular, I found Colonel De Vries to be an incredibly inter A Cape Town cop whose career dates back to the dark days of Apartheid finds himself juggling politics and policing in modern day South Africa when a rich heiress is found murdered and displayed in a macabre homage to the explicit art she promoted.Playwright turned crime writer Paul Mendelson s second Vaughn de Vries novel is a superb South African thriller, full of twists and intrigue There is so much to like about this book, but in particular, I found Colonel De Vries to be an incredibly interesting hero In a way De Vries makes me think of a South African version of hit television show NYPD Blue s outstanding centrepiece, Andy Sipowicz a gruff and somewhat bigoted man, very flawed, but dogged in his pursuit of justice and with a touch of nobility and many redeeming qualities.In modern day Cape Town, the daughter of a rich Apartheid era industrialist is found slaughtered Her body has been posed in a grisly fashion that looks like a black on white racial hate crime, but may also be linked to her controversial art exhibitions, or her sexual preferences.It s a case that puts De Vries career, and , into jeopardy De Vries own life is in danger, because of both the current case and tendrils from his Apartheid past Twenty five years before, he d served under one of the most feared white police commanders It was a turbulent time Nelson Mandela had been released from prison, free elections were on the horizon, but extremist groups bombed churces, gunman opened fire in public Domestic terrorism.De Vries knows there are moral stains on his own record, and as a white cop in a black ruled country, he rubs many the wrong way He s jaded by his history working for Apartheid authorities and then ANC controlled South Africa He s witnessed failings and corruption under both systems.THE SERPENTINE ROAD is a searing read From its sweltering setting to sweat inducing politics, Mendelson defly provides insights into life in 1990s and modern day South Africa the prejudices, the power struggles, and the Rainbow Nation realities Everything is far from black and white in a country whose history has been so much about black vs white.Overall, a very fine thriller Recommended.Read extended review on Crime Watch Sisterson is a features writer from New Zealand who writes for magazines and newspapers in several countries He has interviewedthan 140 crime writers, discussed crime fiction at literary festivals and on national radio, and is the Judging Convenor of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel Follow him on Twitter craigsisterson


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    Wow I did not expect to enjoy this book at all I read the back in the book shop, expected a heavy story about Apartheid, but thought it would be important, or at least interesting I also guessed incorrectly, I now know that the author would be South African, and I really want to readSA authors Those are the reasons I picked this up.What I did not expect was to find one of the best written, most intriguing crime novels I have found in years In fact, off hand, I can t think of one tha Wow I did not expect to enjoy this book at all I read the back in the book shop, expected a heavy story about Apartheid, but thought it would be important, or at least interesting I also guessed incorrectly, I now know that the author would be South African, and I really want to readSA authors Those are the reasons I picked this up.What I did not expect was to find one of the best written, most intriguing crime novels I have found in years In fact, off hand, I can t think of one that surpasses this First off, this is really, really well written Mendelson has a vocabulary and he is not scared to use it Secondly, it is up to date and relevant to South Africa, especially with regards to the current political situation and the ongoing, never ending run of violence towards women Recent events are mentioned, which completely eliminated the feeling that this was fictional.Then I need to speak about the characters Vaughn de Vries walked off the page and into my head He was as real as he could get His character was flawed, but in a very realistic way not the way that many authors do their characters, and label their flaw off as being one thing For example, de Vries is neither a racist, nor not a racist He wondered, very realistically, in some mid ground He floated in a space between hopeful and yet jaded I enjoyed his expertise at his job As to the plot, I can t say I was surprised as to what happened Let s face it, there is a structure to crime novels If the reader is unable to predict who dunnit then the reader feels cheated With this one, although I knew who was responsible, I felt overwhelmed at how on earth they were going to prove it I also need to add that I really, REALLY appreciated that Mendelson chose NOT to do what almost every other author would have been tempted to do with the two scenarios I can t say , because that would be a spoiler.Yeah I am already aware that my favourite bookshop has the next book in the series on their shelf It is my carrot for my completing all the exam papers I need to set


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    Der britische Autor Paul Mendelson zeichnet in seinem zweiten Roman Die Strasse ins Dunkel ein bedr ckendes Bild der s dafrikanischen Gesellschaft, die noch immer mit tiefgehenden Verletzungen k mpft Mit Wunden, die nicht nur der alte, sondern auch der neue Rassismus versursacht hat Mit Machtstrukturen, die sich zwar verschoben, aber im Kern nicht ge ndert haben Mit einer Vergangenheit, die noch immer Einfluss auf die s dafrikanische Gegenwart nimmt Schwarz und wei , zwei Seiten einer Meda Der britische Autor Paul Mendelson zeichnet in seinem zweiten Roman Die Strasse ins Dunkel ein bedr ckendes Bild der s dafrikanischen Gesellschaft, die noch immer mit tiefgehenden Verletzungen k mpft Mit Wunden, die nicht nur der alte, sondern auch der neue Rassismus versursacht hat Mit Machtstrukturen, die sich zwar verschoben, aber im Kern nicht ge ndert haben Mit einer Vergangenheit, die noch immer Einfluss auf die s dafrikanische Gegenwart nimmt Schwarz und wei , zwei Seiten einer Medaille Die Kap Region, eine schillernde Kulisse, aber nicht das S dafrika der Reisemagazine Dies hat Paul Mendelson nach Die Unschuld stirbt, das B se lebt wiederum als Hintergrund f r seinen zweiten Thriller mit Colonel Vaughn De Vries gew hlt hat Dieser ermittelt als Leitender in einem Mordfall, der so eigentlich nicht h tte passieren d rfen Taryn Holt, eine schwerreiche Erbin und Kunstm zenin, wird in ihrer Villa abgeschlachtet, was f r den Ermittler zwei Fragen aufwirft Zum einen, wie der T ter die extremen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen dieser Gated Community in bester Lage berwinden konnte, zum anderen nat rlich die nach T ter und Motiv Das Arrangement des Leichnams l sst ein Verbrechen aus Hass vermuten, es k nnte aber ebenso mit der Art und Weise zusammenh ngen, mit der Holts Vater zu dem Familienverm gen gekommen ist.Zur gleichen Zeit treibt ein Copkiller sein Unwesen Er t tet der Reihe nach Polizisten, die vor zwanzig Jahren gemeinsam eine schwarze Familie in den Townships ermordeten De Vries war zwar nicht aktiv daran beteiligt, wurde aber Zeuge des Vorfalls und schwieg aus falsch verstandener Loyalit t und Angst um seine eigene Familie Aber niemand wird verschont, und die Wahrscheinlichkeit steigt, dass auch De Vries f r sein Schweigen zur Rechenschaft gezogen wird.Niemand wird in Paul Mendelsons Roman verschont, der die L gen und Widerspr che einer Gesellschaft thematisiert, die auf Ungleichheit aufgebaut ist Ganz gleich, ob schwarz oder wei , Unrecht ist und wird geschehen Und das ist keine Frage der Hautfarbe Ein Thriller ber Schuld und Moral, ber die Zerissenheit eines Landes und nicht zuletzt ber das Streben nach Macht und deren Missbrauch Aber auch ber Ver nderungen in kleinen Schritten


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    Alle tot Vor 25 Jahren hat der damals junge Polizist Vaughn de Vries einen Kollegen gedeckt, vergessen hat er die Ereignisse nie Nun allerdings ist er einer der wenigen noch bei der Truppe verbliebenen wei en Polizisten im Rang eines Colonels Als eine reiche Frau brutal get tet wird, sieht es zun chst nach einem Verbrechen aus rassistischen Gr nden aus Der Fall k nnte also schnell zu den Akten gelegt werden De Vries jedoch glaubt nicht an die einfache L sung Die Tochter und Erbin eines Indu Alle tot Vor 25 Jahren hat der damals junge Polizist Vaughn de Vries einen Kollegen gedeckt, vergessen hat er die Ereignisse nie Nun allerdings ist er einer der wenigen noch bei der Truppe verbliebenen wei en Polizisten im Rang eines Colonels Als eine reiche Frau brutal get tet wird, sieht es zun chst nach einem Verbrechen aus rassistischen Gr nden aus Der Fall k nnte also schnell zu den Akten gelegt werden De Vries jedoch glaubt nicht an die einfache L sung Die Tochter und Erbin eines Industriellen hatte schlie lich eine Beziehung mit dem Sohn eines Politikers Und dieser war dabei eine neue Partei zu gr nden.Als die wei e herrschende Schicht zurecht in S dafrika die Macht verlor, war das f r viele Staatsbedienstete wie de Vries eine schlechte Zeit Die sicher geglaubte Karriere verkehrte sich beinahe ins Gegenteil Die neuen M chtigen hatten im Grunde die gleichen D nkel wie die vorherigen nur anders herum Viele der ausgebildeten Beamten verlie en freiwillig oder durch Ausgrenzung berzeugt den Dienst Vaughn de Vries ist einer der Wenigen, die geblieben sind Seine Herkunft verleugnet er nicht und st t damit die neuen Vorgesetzten vor den Kopf Das ist eine Sache, doch Vaughn ist auch der, der sich f r die Opfer einsetzt, der die F lle durchermittelt bis der T ter gefunden und der Hintergrund gekl rt ist Dieser eckige Polizist mag nicht jedem gef llig sein, seine F lle jedoch haben es in sich Mit seinen Ermittlungen bekommt man ein realistisches Bild aus dem S dafrika zur Zeit des Umbruchs aber auch der heutigen Zeit, in der die Apartheid immer noch nicht berwunden ist Zwar erschlie t sich nicht v llig, wieso schwarze Polizisten immer noch weniger akribisch ermitteln sollen als Wei e, doch erscheint es sehr realistisch, dass sich die Rollen umgekehrt haben Und wie h ufig und das ist wohl berall gleich, werden die F den manchmal von ganz woanders aus gezogen Und so entwickelt sich ein spannender Fall mit einem brisanten politischen Hintergrund u erst geschickt wird das Ganze noch mit einem interessanten Einblick in die heutige Lage in S dafrika verwoben


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    My enjoyment of this was certainly enhanced by reading it while in South Africa, having traversed some of the roads mentioned but there was much of interest in the aspects and problems of policing in the current climate and how personal morality plays against political A strong interweaving of a historical crime with a current one and Vaughn de Vries a strong well drawn character.


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    Another engrossing political thriller set in the new South Africa Wonderfully plotted and given the dimension of an early episode from the career of Vaughn de Vries 21 years before that comes back to haunt him amid a new case where a political conspiracy lies at its heart.All makes for an unforgetable novel of great insight that provides a fresh angle on the new country where whites perhaps have been set aside, overlooked and discriminated against while a rebalancing and new order is establishe Another engrossing political thriller set in the new South Africa Wonderfully plotted and given the dimension of an early episode from the career of Vaughn de Vries 21 years before that comes back to haunt him amid a new case where a political conspiracy lies at its heart.All makes for an unforgetable novel of great insight that provides a fresh angle on the new country where whites perhaps have been set aside, overlooked and discriminated against while a rebalancing and new order is established Is it just a new government using powers and influence in office which they previously fought against indeed is the war over.Another great set of characters a sense of threat always close by and the lack of trust and suspicion of others that mean you are both disappointed and pleased as individuals are revealed for who they are.As with the previous book the stand out section is where Vaughn interacts with a witness who themselves may be in danger.This points to his need to find a settled relationship and move beyond work and alcohol as the key motivators in his life Having said that I love his interest in craft beers and his desire to attend a beer festival.Above all it is his sense of justice for his victims in any case that spurs him on and considers the truthimportant that personal gain or indirect threat This is a great literary tool and has left our hero as someone to follow and share his success Good that his junior detective is being fleshed out, February and that he even hasinsightfulness in this case to ask the right questions and follow up his own ideas.I hope this continues to grow into a series of books that achive their due recognition and commercial success I certainly cannot praise this author too highly and look forward tofrom him


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    Colonel De Vries from the South African Police Service is back, miserable as ever The First Rule of Survival established the premise misanthropic loner battling villains and office politics in equal measure It s nothing we haven t seen before, but De Vries seems to methan a clich d cop What I like about him is that he is quite content being a morose, lonely alcoholic He s not trying to find a Good Woman Who Gets Him, he doesn t feel guilty about not seeing his kids, and although he ra Colonel De Vries from the South African Police Service is back, miserable as ever The First Rule of Survival established the premise misanthropic loner battling villains and office politics in equal measure It s nothing we haven t seen before, but De Vries seems to methan a clich d cop What I like about him is that he is quite content being a morose, lonely alcoholic He s not trying to find a Good Woman Who Gets Him, he doesn t feel guilty about not seeing his kids, and although he rails against the omnipresent corruption in the new South Africa, he s doesn t get all self righteous about it Nor should he, arrogant bigot as he is In this sequel, he takes baby steps towards a slightlyenlightened state He starts out feeling terribly discriminated against for not being able to, as a white male, berate a tiny black female pathologist for following the rules remember, De Vries hates rules , but eventually grudgingly learns to respect her Somewhat Yay Don February, junior officer, is sadly underdeveloped though De Vries may not care about him, but I do.I also enjoyed his growing bromance with the mysterious former intelligence officer Marantz, who can always be found is his lair with the magnificent view, glass of wine in hand, classified information just a phone call away I d hang out there too if I could The mystery part wasn t as thrilling as in the first book, but that of course depends on what you find thrilling I d love to see where this series goes 3,5


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    That, was a lot better than I expected An incredibly gritty, raw and unforgiving yarn exposing the corrupt underbelly of a new South Africa Plenty of really villainous characters, and the protagonist is no angel being a racist drunk He is however, an ethically conscientious antihero.I found this to be a well written fast paced novel Entertaining and educational regarding the political views of both black and white South Africans, the corruption which we know goes on at the highest level That, was a lot better than I expected An incredibly gritty, raw and unforgiving yarn exposing the corrupt underbelly of a new South Africa Plenty of really villainous characters, and the protagonist is no angel being a racist drunk He is however, an ethically conscientious antihero.I found this to be a well written fast paced novel Entertaining and educational regarding the political views of both black and white South Africans, the corruption which we know goes on at the highest levels and the nuances of the PD politics


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    Interesting characters continuing to developHave now read Col Vaughn de Vries books 1 2 and enjoy the character development that has been evident throughout Entertaining crime storyline with underlying cultural commentary Felt the main criminal case fell away as a bit of an after thought secondary to political intrigue but enjoyable all the same Interesting characters continuing to developHave now read Col Vaughn de Vries books 1 2 and enjoy the character development that has been evident throughout Entertaining crime storyline with underlying cultural commentary Felt the main criminal case fell away as a bit of an after thought secondary to political intrigue but enjoyable all the same


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