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The First Rule Of Survival

(2014)
(The first book in the Colonel Vaughn de Vries, Cape Town series)
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Awards
Dagger Awards Best Book (nominee)
Seven years ago in Cape Town three young white South African schoolboys were abducted in broad daylight on three consecutive days. They were never heard of again.

Now, a new case for the unpredictable Colonel Vaughn de Vries casts a light on the original enquiry; for him, a personal failure which has haunted him for those seven years and has cost him his marriage and peace of mind.

A former British government agent, friend to De Vries, provides intelligence on this new case, but is any of it admissible? Struggling in a mire of departmental and racial rivalry, De Vries seeks the whole truth and unravels a complex history of abuse, deception and murder.

Challenging friends, colleagues, and enemies, De Vries comes to realise he doesn't know who is which.

Set against the background of Cape Town and the endless, rolling South African veld, this chilling thriller reveals layer after layer of abuse - physical, political and psychological.

Genre: Mystery
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Praise for this book

"An excellent, uncompromising crime thriller made even better by its setting." - Lee Child


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Hardback Editions

June 2016 : UK Hardback

Title: The First Rule Of Survival
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
ISBN: 1-4448-2855-X / 978-1-4448-2855-9 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

April 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The First Rule Of Survival (Col Vaughn de Vries)
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
ISBN: 1-4721-1136-2 / 978-1-4721-1136-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: C & R Crime
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March 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The First Rule Of Survival (Col Vaughn de Vries)
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
ISBN: 1-4721-1135-4 / 978-1-4721-1135-7 (UK edition)
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August 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The First Rule of Survival
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
ISBN: 1-5318-0765-8 / 978-1-5318-0765-8
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October 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The First Rule of Survival
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
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October 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The First Rule of Survival
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
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October 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The First Rule of Survival
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The First Rule Of Survival
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
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March 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The First Rule Of Survival (Col Vaughn de Vries Book 1)
Author(s): Paul Mendelson
Publisher: Constable
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