The Harbour Master

The Harbour Master An atmospheric Amsterdam detective investigation Henk van der Pol is a year term policeman a few months off retirement When he finds a woman s body in Amsterdam Harbour his detective instincts ta

  • Title: The Harbour Master
  • Author: Daniel Pembrey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An atmospheric Amsterdam detective 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 involvemeAn atmospheric Amsterdam detective 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 familyFor 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.

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    • Daniel Pembrey

      Daniel Pembrey grew up in Nottinghamshire, England beside Sherwood Forest He studied history at Edinburgh University and spent over a decade working in America and recently Luxembourg, coming to rest in Amsterdam and London dividing his time now between these two great maritime cities He is the author of the Henk van der Pol detective series and several short thriller stories, and he contributes articles to publications including The Financial Times and The London Times In order to write The Harbour Master, he spent several months living in the docklands area of East Amsterdam, counting De Druif bar as his local.To receive occasional email updates and offers of free exclusive content, please sign up at danielpembrey Daniel is also on Twitter, DPemb.

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    • I’ve decided to cheat on my TBR a little and I’ve had Daniel’s book on my TBR for ages. I had the pleasure of meeting him last year at an event in Goldsboro Books so I figured it’s high time o read this book. Especially as the follow-up, Night Market, has been released this year and I’m on the blog tour for it late next month.The Harbour Master follows Henk van Der Pol as he finds himself in the vicinity of the discovery of a young woman’s body in Amsterdam Harbour. What follows is a [...]

    • My thanks to No Exit Press for an ARC of this book. I have chosen to read this book and below is my honest and unbiased opinion.Ooooooh! Now what a wee treasure this book is! When I finished reading it, I was speaking to another reviewer and described Mr Pembrey as Amsterdam’s version of Ragnar Jonasson! Why? Because this book was atmospheric and the descriptions drew me to the place in the same way that Mr Jonasson’s descriptions in the Dark Iceland series made me want to visit Iceland! Awe [...]

    • I would rate this book a stunning 4.5 stars out of 5!What a stroke of good fortune it was coming across Daniel Pembrey! After enjoying the first two novels of the Amsterdam Quartet by Jake Woodhouse, I was keen to read more Euro Noir set in the Dutch capital and I was alerted to Pembrey's talents. I certainly have someone to thank! He delivers a cracking good yarn, evident in all three of the novellas which are combined to make up The Harbour Master: The Collected Edition.The attractions of Amst [...]

    • Originally published as three novellas, No Exit Press have brought the stories about Henk van der Pol together into one volume. They've done a great job, the book is presented beautifully and that cover is wonderful, and fits so well with the story inside.I can't remember reading any crime books set in Amsterdam before and Daniel Pembrey certainly brings this place to life. I am old enough to remember watching Van der Valk on the television in the 70s, and I have to admit that the theme tune kep [...]

    • I really wanted to like this book, I so did. But, unfortunately, like most modern crime thrillers, it starts off exciting and pacy, but soon trundles down a road of standard clichés, and turns into a big convoluted mess.Detective van del Pol discovers the body of a young woman off the harbour in the early morning. Like a typical cop, he wants to investigate further, but is deterred by younger guy Bergveld. Van der Pol is sure something funny is going on, and seeks to investigate further behind [...]

    • This is my review of the three-part story as published by the author, on the understanding that this is essentially the same book from a new publisher. I'm giving this five stars for being a dense, multifaceted crime story, set in the Netherlands but skipping blithely around Europe as the leads take the cops. Henk van der Pol is a mature policeman who lives on a houseboat in Amsterdam harbour with his wife Pernilla. He's coming up to retirement (which makes it strange that he later fights agains [...]

    • I was instantly drawn to this novel due to its location and synopsis. It sounds intriguing and Amsterdam is a rare setting for a novel in the crime genre. I have read others based in Amsterdam or that have links to the city but nothing quite like this one!The novel opens with detective Henk Van Der Pol enjoying a morning stroll down at the harbour, that is until he stumbles across a floating dead body in the water. The novel doesn’t just centre around the case of the murder victim. We meet Hen [...]

    • If I had the cash I would option this book for a movie. It is set in interesting places like Amsterdam and Brussels, the lead character is strong and credible and the author can do plot. However in my ideal scenario, I would insist on an editor who could demand that the various plot lines were easier to follow and that several minor characters were either developed or dumped.I am a Brit of a certain age who remembers the TV series Van der Valk which was pretty big back in the 70s and used Amster [...]

    • There were many things I liked about this bookI liked Henk, the detective. I thought he was realistic and not too simplistically rendered to be believable, enough complexity to make him interesting. I also liked the setting of Amsterdam, and learned a lot of interesting things about the city and the culture. I found the plot a little confusing as it started with one crime, then moved on to something else entirely, and I was never sure if it ended up where it was going to begin with. The ending a [...]

    • I recognised a lot of the landmarks referred to but didn't really warm to Henk van de Pol. Maybe it was too close to home and I am too critical as the book is pretty much in line wit eg. Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole with a bit less physical damage being done to Henk.

    • I'm giving this five stars for being a dense, multifaceted crime story, set in the Netherlands but skipping blithely around Europe as the leads take the cops. Henk van der Pol is a mature policeman who lives on a houseboat in Amsterdam harbour with his wife Pernilla. He's coming up to retirement (which makes it strange that he later fights against the closure of his police station). He has dodgy friends and dedicated colleagues. He's got a student daughter who thinks nothing of disappearing for [...]

    • Follow my reviews. :Jane Hunt Writer First StepsJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews FacebookJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+Connect on:TwitterThe Harbour Master is a fast paced, suspenseful, political thriller set in Holland. Henk is an experienced police officer based in the harbour district of Amsterdam. Contemplating retirement, partly due to the new regime at work his plans change when he discovers the body of a young woman floating in the harbour. Henk suspects foul play. Murder, prostitutio [...]

    • A Look into the Seedy Side of Human Trafficking!The Harbour Master By Daniel Pembrey Author Daniel Pembrey’s latest novella is definitely a pleasurable read! He’s packed a lot of punch into this shorter story form with a mystery/thriller/suspense combo. There is intrigue from the get-go when cop Henk van der Pol finds a dead woman floating in his beloved harbour. He’s about to retire but resents the way things are now being done in his precinct. When a cover-up of the murder proves not all [...]

    • I was given this book free of charge in return for an honest review by nudge-bookI am a huge fan of Scandinavian crime thrillers and love police procedurals so I was really looking forward to reading The Habour Master.Henk van der Pol is a Dutch policeman not far off retirement who one morning comes across the body of a girl in Amsterdam Habour.This seemed like a great premise for the start of the book but unfortunately for me as a reader nothing really seemed to gel together.Henk finds the kill [...]

    • I bought this book on impulse, being in Amsterdam at the time and intrigued to see this English novel on sale in Schiphol Airport. The setting is accurately conveyed, and lends a depth to the story. Henk van der Pol is a jaded and cynical detective, based in Amsterdam’s IJ Tunnel police station, whose beat covers the central railway station, the harbour and the famous red light district. With thirty years’ service behind him, van der Pol has seen it all, and is weary from the infighting betw [...]

    • The Harbour Master is a police procedural thriller set in Amsterdam. The lead protagonist is Henk van der Pol, a cop nearing retirement, who is very much his own man and is reluctant to retire quietly. When he suspects that an investigation is being deliberately stalled he decides to keep digging, placing himself and family in danger. From there Pembrey keeps layering in criminal intrigue and police and political corruption as Henk stumbles and prods, making and tangling with enemies close by. P [...]

    • This book is also shown on as: The Harbour Master: The Collected Edition (The Harbour Master #1-3) Easy to get into, and whilst not gripping, I felt engaged from the beginning with the characters and the plot. At times I wasn't sure I understood all the political goings on, as much is inferred rather than explained, though this didn't detract from the book - it just meant needing to cogitate a bit! It felt like the book was written with inside knowledge both of the countries and the police forc [...]

    • This atmospheric police procedural makes the most of its Amsterdam setting, making the characters and the world they inhabit a richly painted and intriguing mixture. Detective Henk van der Pol is an engaging lead, principled and maverick all at the same time. The Harbour Master is a great twist on the Nordic Noir side of crime fiction, and this is an author I'm looking forward to reading more from.

    • I'm so pleased I've been introduced to this author's work. I'm a huge fan of crime fiction and the setting is really brought to life in The Harbour Master. Very well paced, intruiging characters and I'm looking forward to reading a lot more from Daniel Pembrey.

    • Quite hard to get into initially, might just have been me! The plot picked up, however, and gripped my attention. When I'd finished I went back to the beginning to find out why the title was The Harbour Master, blink and you'll miss it!

    • Two key characters in THE HARBOUR MASTER are equally important: Henk van der Pol and Amsterdam. They cannot exist without each other. Having spent years in the military and living abroad Henk is a maverick cop on the verge of retirement, the owner of a typical houseboat, strongly believing that ‘we Dutch remain at heart a seafaring people’. He is happy with his personal life, still attracted to his wife Pernilla, a newspaper features writer, and slightly anxious about daughter Nadia, a heads [...]

    • I love Henk.Henk Van der Pol, of the Dutch police, is tough, smart, driven and a pretty piss-poor husband and father. He doggedly pursues leads wherever they take him, from the red light district of Amsterdam to the governing halls of The Haag. "The Harbour Master" is the first in a series (the second is "Night Market") that begins with Henk lazily strolling along an Amsterdam harbor near his house boat. A dead body is found floating in the water and Henk wants to know who she is and how she end [...]

    • Booktrail your journey here: Travel To Amsterdam with Daniel PembreyA cracking start to the trilogy and a great guide to the city, culture and history of Amsterdam. Maybe not the kind of tour that the tourist centre would have on offer but it evokes and immerses you in every street, where you can smell the waffles in the air and hear the canal water lapping at your feet.This is a dark Amsterdam with a great hero in Henk Van der Pol. I enjoyed getting to know him – and getting to know him is ex [...]

    • I must admit I'm not much of a reader and haven't read a book in many years, however when on holiday with my partner in Amsterdam (Who does read) we decided to venture into a book store. While browsing I noticed a special two shelf section for crime novels based in Amsterdam. The Habour Master jumped out at me, and I made an impulse decision to buy the book. Once I started reading I struggled to put the book down, Daniel Pembrey really painted an accurate picture of the place I was currently vis [...]

    • There was lots that I liked about this book, and was first drawn to it by it's setting in Amsterdam (making a slight geographical change from Scandi crime). Henk van der Pol is nearing retirement as a detective when he discovers a woman's body floating in the harbour. It turns out that she is prostitute from the nearby red light district, but no one is talking about the death, not even the normal informants. There were some good threads, but at times I was confused as there were so many layers o [...]

    • Really enjoyed this book. Great characters, nice casual writing style. Engaging flow but without lacking in enough pace to keep me interested. Fascinating, complex plot. My only dislike was that I felt the author tackled way too many themes - conflict in the police domain, prostitution, marijuana growing, diamond dealing, large scale politics, kidnapping, murder, to name a few. I would have liked a bit more depth on a few issues rather than what seemed like a bit of everything. There was a dange [...]

    • This is a very fast moving, almost breathless thriller and was, at times, confusing with all the different people and stories coming and going, often with little explanation. There were also a lot of real news stories referenced, some of which were interesting and a lot of euro politics. Having said that, I loved the descriptions of Amsterdam and the main characters, so I will persevere as this series could turn into a really good one, once the writer stops trying to cram so much into one book!

    • On the espionage/politics end of crime, though with real crime elements too, this is the story of a detective who has 'been-around-the-block' and how he deals with the crime, the gangs and the political machinations of his bosses, and those above them. The story of his family - his journalist wife and adult daughter - provides tension too but above all, the sense of place of Amsterdam is real, interesting and fascinating (with some scenes set in Den Haag too). Dutch noir. Gripping stuff.

    • Should read the next one in the series! Great atmosphere, characters you have to pay attention to. Beware: makes you want to book a flight to Amsterdam!The next one is better though, if you have doubts, move on to Night Market, I moved on after finishing this one and read it in a few daysThough these two stories are connected very much, its a bit like reading one book. Good luck Henk, cant wait to see you again.

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