Dutch Coffee Shop by Jay Scully

The Dutch Coffee Shop
The Dutch Coffee Shop

Dutch Coffee Shop

Welcome to the world of Amsterdam . . . coffee shops and red-light districts . . . murder and intrigue . . . a heist . . . an American who saw it for what it was . . . an opportunity.

This American, Jimmy Dempsey, long ago is accused of a murder he did not commit. A good-ole-boy from south Mississippi . . . he decides to fake his death and flee to Holland rather than face prosecution. Years later, Hunt, as he is now known by the locals, finds himself in the employ of gangsters, selling weed out of a Dutch coffee shop. When Hunt finds out that he is a free man, exonerated for the murder of his former girlfriend, he decides to return to America. Before returning home, Hunt attempts one last score, which puts him and his friends in peril. When Hunt disappears without a trace, his family is alerted, and the roller coaster ride begins.

William Dempsey, eighteen, embarks on a trip to the Netherlands in search of his long-lost brother. He finds himself in the underground world of prostitutes, mob bosses, and weed-tenders. From Amsterdam his journey takes him to South Holland, in a small city called Terneuzen. Really, it’s more like the Wild-West of Cannabis. A wholesaler’s paradise. The Sam’s Club for Amsterdam. A world that he knows nothing about . . . where hippies and junkies run rampant and gangsters patrol the town. William encounters them all. Quickly he finds himself on the trail of his elusive older brother, where a path of lies and deceit lead him along his way.

Constantijn van der Pol, the most powerful mob boss in South Holland, is also looking for the man known as Hunt. A Sicilian by blood . . . Van der Pol and his brood will stop at nothing to find the American who betrayed them all. . . .

A deep, dark novel about redemption . . . striking a chord within the soul.

Jay Scully


A southern writer who grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, or what is better known as Katrina-land. Following college at the University of Southern Mississippi, Scully obtained a Bachelor Degree in International Business. Scully traveled to Holland, where he spent the next three years forming the basis of Dutch Coffee Shop, a thriller in Amsterdam. The author has plans for many more books, and has written two screenplays. He simply loves the written word.
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By Scott on October 25, 2011

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I can’t say enough about this book. I couldn’t put it down. It is like you are really in the coffee shop with the characters. The dialect makes you feel like a native Zeelander. I laughed, I cried, it was wonderful. I hear they might be working on a sequel. I hope so; because, I am not going to read another book until it is out. This is the single best opening work for an author I can remember. I don’t think John Grisham’s first novel was this good.

By J. on December 16, 2013

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Exciting, fast paced tale that pulls you deep into another side of life that most of us don’t realize exists. Life like characters and believable dialogue tie into an intriguing plot. Great first novel!

By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2012

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I loved this book. It took me into a world that I didn’t know existed. It was very exciting, tittilating and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. Very surprising ending. Well written. Great dialogue. I would recommend this book to everyone. I felt I was part of what was going on.

By suzanne davis on February 12, 2011

Format: Hardcover

Love the descriptive details, which you can smell the coffee and hear the music… it was exciting with everything… mystery, intrigue and murder…. plus, sex, drugs and music…. what more could you want, besides another book by this author.

By Bookaholic on January 6, 2011

Format: Hardcover

What a great writer. Story line was exciting and a real page turner. Writing technique as good as many well known authors.

By Violet Gray on November 20, 2013

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In Dutch Coffee Shop, Jay Scully presents a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping tale of a man lost in a deep, dark world where peace of mind is never on offer, and death stalks its prey day and night. Scully directs a grand cast of believable characters, each drawn with clarity and brought to vibrant life by his deft hand. His creations stride with purpose across the pages, each playing an important role in the telling of this story. Some of these folks are slipping hopelessly toward death’s grasp, while others just might find salvation. Jimmy Dempsey’s quest for freedom from his past could gift him with something far greater–a redemption he never thought to find. Highly recommended.

By Judith M. Siefker on June 1, 2014

Format: Hardcover

My taste in books runs to authors like Jane Austin, Phillippa Gregory, Iris Murdoch, Sue Grafton and JA Jance. So I probably wouldn’t have read Dutch Coffee Shop if a friend of Jay Scully hadn’t given me a copy. Although it wouldn’t ordinarily have been my kind of book, I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it. The story was compelling because it gave a realistic portrayal of the seamy underworld of the Netherlands where organized crime is supposed to be curtailed but isn’t by the liberal “vice laws.” Also the characters were not painted in broad brush strokes of black and white but often displayed shades of gray even though they were evil or foolish creatures who were seeking their own gain or, at best, making poor decisions. There were no real heroes, just as in real life people are seldom heroic, but some of the characters were able to find redemption. The story was a compelling page turner but I thought the writing style was a little rough. Since this is a first novel, the author may improve as both a writer and story-teller. I hope Jay Scully continues to write. I think he will have a great future ahead of him.

By Jenny on January 15, 2014

Format: Hardcover

The Dutch Coffee shop is a gritty, fast-paced book full of drama and suspense. The story revolves around the main character, Jimmy Dempster, who is on the run in Holland using a secret identity, having escaped the US a decade earlier because he was wrongly accused of murder. His life spirals dramatically into the dark, drug world of a Dutch coffee shop, where he finds himself in the clutches of vicious, brutal gangsters. When events turn for the worse, a gripping, terrifying adventure ensues across Europe and the plot moves rapidly with frequent twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing until the final climax. A warning; some of the violence described in the scenes is so graphic, it is almost too frightening to read, but also adds to the tension and anticipation for the reader. This book is a thoroughly good read to be recommended to anyone who enjoys a high-octane thriller.

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