The Harbour Master

The first Detective Van Der Pol Investigation

Henk van der Pol is a 30 year term policeman, a few months off retirement. When he finds a woman’s body in Amsterdam Harbour, his detective instincts take over, even though it’s not his jurisdiction. Warned off investigating the case, Henk soon realises he can trust nobody, as his search for the killer leads to the involvement of senior police officers, government corruption in the highest places, Hungarian people traffickers, and a deadly threat to his own family…

  • Reviews of The Harbour Master

    'a debut novelist of rare skill'
    - Barry Forshaw, The Financial Times [read the full review]

    'A splendid debut by an English writer who has immersed himself in Amsterdam's dark and sinister port area'
    - Marcel Berlins, The Times [read the full review]

    'Compelling and fast-moving'
    - Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail [read the full review]

    'The Henning Mankell of Amsterdam'
    - Bill Rogers, Author of The Pick, The Spade and The Crow

    'A splendid setting in what promises to be the start of a great new series'
    - Ragnar Jonasson, author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series

    'A vivid sense of place and a flawed and believable central character...could herald a great series and career from this new British author'
    - Maxim Jakubowski, Lovereading [read the full review]

    'Daniel Pembrey tells a cracking tale with verve and style '
    - Susan Hill [read the full review]

    'The Harbour Master is an accomplished novel, sporting a vividly realised sense of locale matched by an adroit evocation of character'
    - Barry Forshaw, author of Brit Noir

    'A cleverly-crafted, satisfyingly-plotted and unusual police procedural dealing with real issues in a vividly-evoked setting'
    - Marsali Taylor, Mystery People [read the full review]

    'Pembrey is a crime writer to be admired'
    - Ruth Dugdall, Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger

    'Daniel Pembrey writes with great authority and authenticity. The Harbour Master is a compelling, highly believable tale set in the flesh markets of Amsterdam and the even seedier corridors of power beyond them, where it's hard to know who the real criminals really are. You'll keep turning these pages right till the end'
    - Howard Linskey, author of Behind Dead Eyes

    'Pembrey's snappy dialogue, tight plots and varied European settings guarantee a fast, enjoyable read that is hard to put down'
    - Paul Pilkington, Author of the bestselling Emma Holden series

    'A satisfyingly complex tale of politics, drugs and corruption. Highly recommended'
    - James Oswald [read the full review]

    'A darkly atmospheric thriller'
    - A-Mag, Amsterdam's leading English language magazine [read the full review]

    'The essence of a crime novel is the intricate web of intrigue and mystery which untangles with the closing of each chapter, and Pembrey does so with guile'
    - Tom Mooney, Wexford Echo [read the full review]

    'Suspense, intrigue, murder and mystery...very alluring'
    - Noelle Holton, Crime Book Junkie [read the full review]

    'HM features in Joy Kluver's Top 10 Books of 2016'
    - Joy Kluver, Joy Kluver Blog [read the full review]

    'The style of writing was so enjoyable...this really is an excellent read'
    - Sarah Ward, Crime Pieces [read the full review]

    'It's clear that Pembrey stepped off the well-trod tourist path to create an authentic Amsterdam'
    - Joy Kluver [read the full review]

    'A well imagined and intricate plot alongside characters who are solidly created... A stand-out crime story'
    - Random Things Through My Letter Box [read the full review]

    'Henk van der Pol makes for a great lead character - he's strong willed, courageous and determined to unravel the cases he encounters and serve justice - no matter how complicated they might be'
    - Steph Broadribb, Crime Thriller Girl

    'Daniel Pembrey is a master of concise stylish writing'
    - Ewa Sherman, Euro Crime [read the full review]

    'The relationships linking Henk, his wife, and their daughter are flawlessly executed. Pembrey shows great skill as a crime fiction writer. His understanding and portrayal of people, places and situations is remarkable'
    - Anna McGinley, DutchNews.NL

    'A well written novella, with pace and a distinctive style'
    - David Prestidge, Crime Fiction Lover [read the full review]

    'A short but punchy thriller'
    - Louise Hunter, Crime Book Club [read the full review]

    'A fascinating light shone on the dark side of a famously liberal society, combining vivid characterisation with ice-cold suspense'
    - Crime Time [read the full review]

    'All of the stories are fast, engaging reads, written in a beautifully readable and addictive style that will keep you turning the pages'
    - Liz, Liz Loves Books [read the full review]

    'intrigued and hooked...I very very much look forward to the next instalment of Henk’s story'
    - Stephanie Cox, Words Are My Craft [read the full review]

    'Action packed crime thriller'
    - Cleo Bannister, Cleopatra Loves Books [read the full review]

    'A murky case, straight out of the red-light district, involving violent crime, drugs and branded prostitutes. With links to international diplomats, corrupt police alliances and the trafficking of people for sex, this is a novel not to be missed! 4*'
    - Abby F, Annebonnybookreviews [read the full review]

    'Pembrey again gives a fast-paced narrative that touches on politicians and corruption'
    - Colman, Col's Criminal Library [read the full review]

  • Format: Paperback
    Extent: 320pp
    Price: £7.99
    ISBN: 978-184344-877-8

    Available Now

    Format: Kindle eBook
    Extent: n/a
    Price: £3.48
    ISBN: 978-184344-879-2

    Available Now

    Format: ePub eBook
    Extent: n/a
    Price: £3.48
    ISBN: 978-184344-878-5

    Available Now

The Harbour Master

Paperback Available Now

Buy the paperback direct from No Exit Press

Or from one of these suppliers:

EBook Editions
Available Now
From one of these suppliers:

Back to top
Share This