Author(s): Robert Harris

Modern & Contemporary Literature

The New York Times bestselling classic of alternate history, a murder mystery set in a world where the Nazis won World War II--for fans of The Plot Against America and The Man in the High Castle

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 Carré 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

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The highest form of thriller... non-stop excitement The Times Powerful and chilling... convincing in every detail Daily Telegraph 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 Guardian Robert Harris has recreated the whole structure of a totally corrupt society in a way that makes the flesh creep Sunday Times Gripping in the way John Buchan, Len Deighton and John LeCarre are. The writing is superb. This novel lifts its author into a new and superior class 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 six novels - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost - all of which were worldwide bestsellers. His work has been translated into thirty-one languages. He was born in Nottingham in 1957 and is a graduate of Cambridge University. He worked as a reporter on the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama programmes, before becoming Political Editor of the Observer in 1987, and then a columnist on the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. In 2003 he was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards. He lives near Hungerford in Berkshire with his wife and their four children.

General Fields

  • : 9780099527893
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Arrow Books Ltd
  • : 0.277
  • : October 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 25mm
  • : February 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Harris
  • : Robert Harris
  • : Adventure / thriller
  • : Adventure / thriller
  • : 400
  • : 400
  • : 823.9/14
  • : 823.9/14
  • : English
  • : English
  • : 1
  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback