Paul Mendelson has written for the theatre and television and is the author of eleven non-fiction titles concerning mind-sports such as bridge and poker, as well as being a crime novelist whose first novel, The First Rule of Survival, was short-listed for the CWA Golden Dagger Crime Novel of the Year in 2014. His second novel, The Serpentine Road, was long-listed for the same prize in 2015. Both have been translated into several languages and a television adaptation is already in preparation.
An excellent, uncompromising crime thriller made even better by its setting ... the story is two journeys in one, and I'm glad I took bothA jaw-droppingly brilliant crime thriller. Imagine The Killing moved to Cape Town and into the landscape of the hot and dusty African veldWhen Paul Mendelson, author of a string of successful high-stakes poker manuals, turned to crime writing a few years ago he brought all of the adrenaline fuelled drama of no-limit Texas Hold'em to the printed page . . . Gripping and chillingly authentic - Irish IndependentThe First Rule of Survival is an incredibly atmospheric, complex and dazzling debut from a thrilling and authentic new voice in crime fictionAn impressive debut - The Times on The First Rule of SurvivalMendelson plots so smoothly and writes so powerfully - The GuardianThe History of Blood is thoughtful and thrilling in equal parts - The Mail on Sunday