Thursday, 27 April 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Daniel Pembrey

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


for his Night Market blog tour

to share his BEST OF CRIME ... 

I’m obsessed with The Third Man (1949), its sense of place (post war Vienna), characters and acting (Orson Welles), off-kilter camera angles, shadows … not to forget that music. The director Carol Reed lived in a house quite near me – there’s a blue plaque an’ all – and I managed to track down his son, Max, who is now a rare books dealer. I wondered if he’d be interested in an early copy of my Luxembourg-set thriller The Candidate, but thought better of asking.

Oh, Wallander – both the original Swedish one and the English language version with Kenneth Branagh. 

Val McDermid’s Jacko Vance. I interviewed her last year, and she explained how Vance was inspired by Jimmy Savile, after she interviewed him while working as a young reporter. Shiver.

That’s such a tough choice, but when I lived in the States, I came to love Tony Hillerman’s Navajo cop detective, Jim Chee. There’s a mystical dimension to his investigations. Jim Chee is always seeking hozro – walking in harmony – only, murders and other ill deeds tend to get in the way. 

Roald Dahl’s short story Lamb to the Slaughter contains this. I have to credit Susi Holliday for pointing it out. I can’t say what it is – it’s a fast read – but I’ll give you a clue: it’s not a vase of daffodils. I don’t think …


Ah, the end scene of The Vanishing, by Tim Krabbe. I can’t say what that is either without spoilers. It’s a novella so, once more, it doesn’t take long to find out. It involves one of my all time greatest fears … shudder. 

Highly useful for me is a good Dutch news site, to see what’s going on in my detective’s story world and to find good incident and other material. tends to do the trick. Recently I was reading about shootings at coffee shops in Amsterdam, and it was such a great read – till my local coffee shop there featured! 


I can’t compete with that Mark Hill and his Wagyu beef, white truffles and the rest. I do guzzle coffee. (That’s my writing tip too, by the way: drink beaucoup de café!) I have this stove top coffee maker that’s been with me since university days, tested to destruction. Yet still going!

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 Harbour Master – the first book in the Henk van der Pol detective series – and several short thriller stories, and he contributes articles to publications including The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, The New European and The Field. His Henk van der Pol series is the product of time spent living in the docklands area of East Amsterdam, where Daniel counted De Druif bar as his local.

Find Daniel Pembrey on his website, FB page and on Twitter - @DPemb


Publisher's description
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.

Night Market is being published in paperback by No Exit Press on 27 April 2017.

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