Erik Vrij

Marken Thriller Express

poster_enNew attraction of the Volendam-Marken Express and Volendam Events: the ‘MARKEN THRILLER EXPRESS’

Visit ‘MARKHATTAN’ by ferry and speedboat or bike: the European Silicon Valley of 2028, from the international thriller WHITE INK

On 29 August writer and lawyer Erik Vrij launched the first invisible tourist attraction of The Netherlands  in cooperation with the Volendam-Marken Express and Volendam Events: the Marken Thriller Express. The package will provide visitors of Marken with a trip to ‘MARKHATTAN’ by ferry and RIB speedboat (320bhp) or bike. Erik will tell you about the story on video or live at the book’s locations and how he did research on Marken. You can read about it in the MARKHATTAN travel guide, in which you will find the video-links and references to pages from the book. You will receive an autographed copy of the book as well.


A special menu from the book

Afterwards you may enjoy a triangular ‘Bermuda Triangle’ burger from the story at Café De Visscher. This is where Erik presented the Dutch edition of White Ink in 2013. If available you may even enjoy the world’s only blue coloured ‘Bermuda Blue’ beer, also included in the story.


In the footsteps of a thriller author

Markhattan is one of the main locations of Erik Vrij’s business thriller WHITE INK. This thriller debut has been published, translated and read by people in over 30 countries in less than two years time. The idea of organizing the Marken Thriller Express  was inspired by the tours organized in Florence and Rome along the churches and other locations featured in Dan Brown’s books. Visitors of Marken may add spice to their visit of three hours (including ferry return) by visiting the locations of the book by special transport and read or hear about the story behind this successful thriller. The Marken Thriller Express includes an autographed copy of WHITE INK and the MARKHATTAN travel guide. You may also buy these separately for 25 euro without booking the Marken Thriller Express.


About the story of White Ink and Markhattan

In WHITE INK the Marken of 2028 has turned into a tax free base of Europe’s most important IT-company, MRM, owned by the boorish Dutch billionaire Henk Vis. It is located in a small business center next to the famous lighthouse of Marken, nicknamed ‘MARKHATTAN’ due to the skyscrapers that have arisen there. From this ‘European Silicon Valley’ the legal IT company MRM manages the legal position of over 460 million Europeans with the EU’s registration authority Euregist. It is threatened to go under  – pulling Europe with it –  as a result of a major takeover, board room battles and culture clashes as the giant US market is opening up.