A writer who handles suspense like a literary Alfred Hitchcock -- Nelson Mandela Robert Harris has recreated the whole structure of a totally corrupt society in a way that makes the flesh creep -- John Mortimer Powerful and chilling... convincing in every detail -- Martha Gellhorn Gripping in the way John Buchan, Len Deighton and John LeCarre are. The writing is superb -- Woodrow Wyatt Clever and ingenious... Its breeding is by Orwell, out of P. D. James, a detective story inside a future shock Daily Mail
What if Hitler had won the war? The 20th Anniversary edition of this iconic novel, a number one bestseller from the award-winning master of the literary and historical thriller genre: Robert Harris. A gripping historical thriller, set in an alternative world, where Hitler won the war, and the Nazis the world.
It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with an American journalist, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the truth - a truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history.
From the Back Cover
'Powerful and chilling ... convincing in
Martha Gellhorn, Daily Telegraph
April, 1964. The naked body of an old man
floats in a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. In one
week it will be Adolf Hitler's 75th birthday. A
terrible conspiracy is starting to unravel...
'Clever and ingenious ...
Its breeding is by Orwell, out of P.D. James,
a detective story inside a future shock'
'A writer who handles suspense
like a literary Alfred Hitchcock'
Nelson Mandela, Guardian
'Robert Harris has recreated the
whole structure of a totally corrupt society
in a way that makes the flesh creep'
John Mortimer, Sunday Times
About the Author
Robert Harris has written eight novels - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost, Lustrum and Fear Index. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. For his collaboration with Roman Polanski on the film version of The Ghost, he won both the French Cesar and the European Film Awards for best adapted screenplay. A graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied English, he joined the BBC and later wrote for the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married to Gill Hornby. They have four children and live in a village near Hungerford in West Berkshire.