The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey

Real Readers: The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey

Article published on November 10, 2016.

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 him to discover the involvement of senior police officers, government corruption in the highest places, Hungarian people traffickers, and a deadly threat to his own family…

For fans of Euro Noir, John Harvey’s Charlie Resnick series and Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, The Harbour Master is an action-packed detective investigation set in the evocative locale of Amsterdam. Delivering for Amsterdam what fans of Scandinavian fiction have come to love, this gripping novel shines a fascinating light on the dark side of a famously liberal society, combining vivid characterisation with ice-cold suspense.


‘This book is part detective novel part political thriller and seems to have the best elements of both & they are brilliantly intertwined.’
Andrea Miles

‘There are some great plot developments and twists that I didn’t see coming making me eager to read the next in the series.’
Nicki Maguire

‘This is a quick read, a well paced page turner and although not my usual genre of choice I loved it and look forward to reading the other stories in the series, it really made me want to visit Amsterdam. I can definitely recommend it.’
Lynn Latham

‘What added depth to the story was the strength of the supporting characters – both good and bad. I was left wanting to know more about all of them.
Andrew Pellow

‘Pembrey’s style of writing is tight and descriptive which produces a depth of narrative that the reader cannot help but become immersed in. I found that once I had begun the book I could not easily put it down.’
Sue Ashton


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The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey, published on 10 November, 2016 by No Exit Press, in paperback


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