I Have just published my book “Bleeding Borderlines” on Amazon. Below is the Amazon review.
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?”