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…
'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]
'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]
A splendid debut by an English writer who has immersed himself in Amsterdam's dark and sinister port area; he gets the atmosphere beautifully. Henk van der Pol, a disillusioned cop nearing retirement, spots a woman’s body in the harbour. His superiors don't want him to ask too many questions. Stubbornly, he carries on inquiring on his own. What he discovers attracts the wrath of politicians, police and dangerous criminals. The title refers to a novella, which precedes two others featuring Van der Pol.
'Daniel Pembrey tells a cracking tale with verve and style '
- Susan Hill
'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
'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
'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]
Good news if you’re looking for an Amsterdam-based page-turner to kick off the literary year. The Harbour Master is a darkly atmospheric thriller by Englishman Daniel Pembrey that follows the consequences for a near-retirement policeman when he spots a body floating in the city’s harbour. The Sunday Times has called it a ‘splendid debut’ and its sequel – Night Market – hits e-readers in late January.
'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
'It's clear that Pembrey stepped off the well-trod tourist path to create an authentic Amsterdam.'
- Joy Kluver [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
'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