Ebook review: Bleeding Borderlines by Jan Harden

This is the first published work by this author on Amazon.com and is a crime story.
From the dust cover: “Chief Inspector James Timmermans, of the Dutch police, doesn’t appear the most driven of men but hidden beneath his mild addictions to cricket, red wine, and occasionally doing the right thing, is a bloody-minded resilience. The shameful, half-forgotten tragedy of a corrupt children’s home and the brutal murder of a mysterious Argentinean man on the streets of Roermond provoke Timmermans’ stubborn subversiveness and a long held desire to see the Southern Cross. Joining forces with the sardonic Juan Castro in the Police Federales he travels to Argentina.
Tripping over the ambiguous cultural, political and geographic borderlines of his journey he pieces the shadows that haunt the flat calm conformity of his country’s past and present. From the chaos of Buenos Aires, the magnificence of Iguazu Falls to the dark depression of Paraguay, the contrasts of South America clash with Timmermans’ complacency and he is forced to confront the legacies of the past.
The reason a man begins a journey is less important than what he discovers about himself along the way but will that self knowledge wither as Timmermans navigates the bleeding borderlines that underlie the self satisfied social consensus of his homeland?
Jan Harden takes the reader on a wry, intriguing and challenging journey through the psychological and political backwaters of history. Interweaving contemporary events with the hidden wartime history of the Netherlands and the bloodstained turmoil of 20th century South America the reader inevitably asks “If I had been there, how would I have been accounted for?””
My Ebook review: This is a tale of choices, consequences, actions, history and the challenges of modern society. An apparently ‘simple’ crime is the catalyst for a journey of discovery that crosses oceans and decades. The implications of the discovery evolve in a similarly profound manner as more of the half truths and hidden truths are exposed we can see that nothing is as simple as is seems.
There are some excellent insights into the Dutch society and the author does not shy away from using fact as backdrop to this fiction. Jan Harden also raises questions that are not easily answered about the changes brought about by the continuation of multiculturalism and the difference between tolerance and acceptance.
As a story this work is descriptive and the characters are interesting and in the main likable. It is a convoluted plot at times and at other times relatively slow and steady in its progression. Lovers of intricate crime novels will enjoy this work.


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