Friday 28 April 2017

Night Market by Daniel Pembrey @DPemb #BlogTour @noexitpress

When Henk van der Pol is asked by the Justice Minister to infiltrate a team investigating an online child exploitation network, he can hardly say no - he's at the mercy of prominent government figures in The Hague. But he soon realises the case is far more complex than he was led to believe... Picking up from where The Harbour Master ended, this new investigation sees Detective Van der Pol once again put his life on the line as he wades the murky waters between right and wrong in his search for justice. 

Sometimes, to catch the bad guys, you have to think like one...

Night Market by Daniel Pembrey was published by No Exit Press in paperback on 27 April 2017, and is the next instalment in the Detective van der Pol series. I read and reviewed the first, Harbour Master here on Random Things in October last year.  I'm delighted to be hosting the Night Market Blog Tour today.

It's a warm welcome back to Henk van der Pol from me, I really enjoyed my first outing with him in Harbour Master and have been looking forward to getting to know more about him.

Whilst Night Market could easily be read as a stand alone story, readers will gain so much more if they start at the beginning with the previously published Harbour Master. A little bit of prior knowledge really enhances the reading of Night Market, in my view.

Although Henk is nearing the end of his career as a Detective, and has dealt with most types of crime over the past years, he has always avoided cases that involve the exploitation and abuse of children. However, that will soon change as he is asked to investigate a team of investigators. An unusual request and one that soon leads him into danger.

As well as the difficulties of this new case, he's also experiencing personal issues within his family relationships. His long-term marriage to Petra, and his daughter's romantic entanglements are proving difficult to deal with.

Once again, this talented author excels in bringing to life the locations of the novel. Holland, Norway, London; all are vibrantly imagined, with their contrasts and their similarities adding such depth to what is a complex and cleverly drawn story.

Daniel Pembrey incorporates the political agenda, along with the organised crime. His characters are fluent and rounded, his plot lines are tense and quite thrilling. There are reminders of the past, and new horrors combined, and there is always Henk; solid, sometimes impulsive, but always the hero.

A superb crime thriller from an impressive author. I'm looking forward to meeting Henk again very soon.

My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

Daniel Pembrey grew up in Nottinghamshire beside Sherwood Forest. He studied history at Edinburgh University and received an MBA from INSEAD business school.
Daniel then spent over a decade working in America and more 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, The Times and The Field.

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.

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