Berlin, 1964. The Greater German Reich stretches from the Rhine to the Urals, and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the United States. As the Fatherland prepares for a grand celebration honoring Adolf Hitler's seventy-fifth birthday and anticipates a conciliatory visit from U.S. president Joseph Kennedy and ambassador Charles Lindbergh, 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.
But when Xavier March discovers the identity of the body, he also 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 the American journalist Charlotte Maguire, 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.
Praise for Fatherland
"A singular achievement displaying original and carefully wrought suspense . . . Fatherland easily transcends convention."--The Washington Post
"A solid thriller, vividly imagined and genuinely frightening."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Ingenious . . . a triumph . . . suspenseful and elegant."--San Francisco Chronicle
"A dazzler . . . fast-paced . . . Historical fact is blended skillfully with fiction."--Detroit Free Press
"Absorbing . . . expertly written."--The New York Times Book Review
"Truly captivating."--Robert Ludlum
"A strong premise for a police thriller with rich foreign atmosphere and political texture galore? Absolutely "--Entertainment Weekly
"A sly and scary page-turner."--Los Angeles Times
"A well-plotted, well-written detective tale and a fascinating trek through parallel history."--Chicago Tribune
"Fatherland works on all levels. It's a triumph."--The Washington Times
"Distinguished by vivid details based on impeccable research, the thriller is a crackling-good read in the le Carr' tradition."--Time
"A gripping detective story as well as a chilling visit to the Germany that might have been. It is so plausibly written it seems quite real. Robert Harris is a name to watch for."--BookPage
"Clever and ingenious... Its breeding is by Orwell, out of P. D. James, a detective story inside a future shock" * Daily Mail * "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 "The highest form of thriller... non-stop excitement" * The Times * "Tightly constructed... grips as tightly as a Nazi's glove" * Independent on Sunday * "A fantastic thriller... The final solution is an utter surprise. Harris reaches it with speed, conveying a whole culture of grotesquery and kitsch" * Mail on Sunday * "Ingenious... fast-paced and beautifully written" * Esquire *
Robert Harris is the author of twelve bestselling novels- the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave and most recently, Munich. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.