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Description: For fans of John Harvey's Charlie Resnick series and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, The Harbour Master is a fast-paced detective investigation set in the evocative locale of Amsterdam. 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.

 

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Author: Joy Kluver

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Review: Henk van der Pol isn’t your usual copper. Close to retirement, he isn’t worn down by the job, sitting on his laurels until he can escape. Instead, his sense of justice is keener than ever before and with age, comes the tenacity to take on anyone, no matter who they are – local gangs, corrupt officers or even politicians. Whether investigating murder, stolen paintings or the kidnap of a politican, Henk gives his all – much to the despair of his put upon wife, Petra. Daniel Pembrey lived in Amsterdam when he wrote The Harbour Master and you can tell it was more than just a short research trip. Even from the opening line, ‘There’s a spot down by the harbour, with bicycle seats mounted on bollards like fishing perches, where you can’t help but feel alert and vigilant’, you get the sense of seeing the city through Henk’s eyes. But don’t be fooled. This isn’t tourist Amsterdam (although he does go there too). It’s clear that Pembrey stepped off the well-trod tourist path to create an authentic Amsterdam. He doesn’t stop there though. Brussels and The Hague are two more destinations that Henk visits in pursuit of the truth. Pembrey also links in to Dutch culture and history, particularly in reference to the kidnap of Freddy Heineken in 1983. It seems as though Pembrey has packed a lot in but that’s not surprising. The Harbour Master was originally three linked novellas but No Exit Press have brought them together to make one novel. I’d like to thank Daniel Pembrey and No Exit Press for an ARC of the book. I wasn’t even asked to review in return but am more than happy to do so.

 

Author: Jl Adcock

Rating: 2

Review: It is always unfortunate to read glowing reviews from professional writers for books that just aren't that great. This has happened with The Harbour Master, with the likes of Susan Hill and Barry Forshaw weighing in with glowing comments that just don't relate to the content of the book at all. Daniel Pembrey has attempted too much in this book, so it ranges from being a fairly shoddy police procedural to something wider, with political ambitions and a canvas that becomes geographically wider as it progresses. Three novellas shoe-horned together rather than one more seamless novel, Pembry links the unlikely action sequences with an equally unlikely hero: Henk van der Pol. He ticks several of the cliches needed in the lazier form of crime novel (which this is): on the verge of retirement, problems with authority, and simmering domestic issues to deal with. As other Amazon reviewers have stated, the book races to an unlikely and hurried conclusion. Even No Exit Press get in on the act of mis-representing the quality and tone of this book, likening Pembrey on their website to John Harvey and Michael Connelly - risible. Harvey and Connelly know a thing or two about how the police operate, Pembrey doesn't come close. The sequel The Night Market may make for a read at some future point in time, but based on the quality and content of The Harbout Master won't be racing to the top of the pile to be read anytime soon.

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Description: The Harbour Master : Paperback : Bedford Square Publishers : 9781843448778 : 1843448777 : 01 May 2017 : 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. The Book Depository The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

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