Henk Van der Pol’s First Case
In autumn 1983, Henk van der Pol is twenty-three years old and just one week out of police training. His dream is to be admitted to the elite detective bureau of Amsterdam’s police force, but he knows he needs to prove himself as a uniformed officer first.
That is, until he is sent to interview witnesses of an audacious kidnapping in the city centre: Alfred Heineken, head of the brewery corporation, has been snatched by shadowy assailants and driven at speed from the scene. Is this really just about a ransom or is there any truth to the rumour that West German terrorists are involved? The case is far beyond van der Pol’s rank but his instincts tell him to do everything in his modest power to solve it—even if it means putting his own life at risk.
“A treat for fans of Henk van der Pol and those yet to discover him” – Jørn Lier Horst
“Skilled…atmospheric…perfect for armchair and actual travel…” – TripFiction
#1 Best Seller in African Literature, Dec 2015
A SHORT ADVENTURE STORY: Andrew and Lavinia Riley are on their honeymoon at an African game lodge when they meet a Texan trophy hunter. Andrew, a journalist, senses a timely story about lion hunting, and engages a local guide to learn how the lions are tracked in this remote borderland of north Tanzania. Andrew finds lions, but his inquiries draw him into a different type of danger altogether – with local tribesmen. Soon, his only hope for survival lies in an unexpected source.
“The murder of the lion Cecil outraged people all over the world. Daniel’s reaction was to write this terrific story, with a totally unexpected twist. I read it in one sitting.” – John Rendall, animal conservationist and author of A Lion called Christian
#1 Best Seller in Crime, Thriller & Mystery Short Stories, Dec 2013
WHEN HEADHUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED. Nick Thorneycroft is a British headhunter working in Luxembourg. His company asks him to recruit a high-flying executive for the company’s Russian business. The best candidate turns out to be smart, beautiful… and mysterious. Soon the effects of Russia’s political upheaval, and the arrival of an ex-girlfriend who won’t leave him alone, make Nick’s Luxembourg life increasingly perilous; worlds collide in this gripping, atmospheric tale.
“A very readable Euro thriller with a very strong sense of setting. This is well worth a read, and has shades of Elmore Leonard and other hard-boiled American detective writers. But it’s also up to date, with an insight into modern Euro-crime which is all too accurate.” – Katharine Quarmby, Award-winning writer, TV producer and journalist
#1 Best Seller in Techno Thrillers, Feb 2014
BE CAREFUL WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE. It’s the dawn of social media; Facebook is unknown and World of Warcraft is the world’s biggest online game. An unhinged Internet magnate is trying to take over it all, using Clamor.us, a social network primed to have its stock market debut. But nefarious adult content is invading the Clamor.us site, pointing to sex trafficking. Enter Natalie Chevalier, glamorous ex-head of security at a large Seattle software company … with a father she barely knew, a disastrous track record with men and a scandal that forced her from her old job. Part digital thriller, part dark fairy tale, The Woman Who Stopped Traffic will keep you on the edge of your seat – while revealing deeper truths of our times.
“It’s a sort of cross between Stieg Larsson and Michael Connelly – no bad mix! The con- temporariness, the technical detail, the topical nature of the themes, the interplay between social networking and highly advanced computer/network games are all expertly handled. Pembrey writes very clearly.” Henry Sutton Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, teacher of master’s module ‘The Writing of Crime Thriller Fiction’
“I wondered how Pembrey did such a good job describing the business of media start-ups, then I read his bio: “financial analysis, an MBA, and ten years spent in the business development team of a US West Coast Internet company.” Kudos to Pembrey for taking a typically dry subject and turning it into something exciting.” – Mark Frauenfelder, Former Editor-in-Chief, Wired.com
#1 Best Seller in Men’s Adventure Fiction, Apr 2014
THE HORRORS OF FAMILY PAST … When London-based obituaries writer Simon Sixsmith receives a letter out of the blue telling him he’s inherited a property in the Southern US, he can’t but help fly out and investigate. Yet when Simon arrives in the marshy South Carolina Lowcountry, all is not as it first seemed. As he is drawn deeper into his ancestors’ plantation-owning history, his problematic personal life and the horrifying events around the property come together to bring about a macabre conclusion.
“Daniel Pembrey tells a cracking tale with verve and style. He can write, the jury’s not out on that one…” – Susan Hill, Booker Prize short-listed writer, and author of ghost story The Woman In Black