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Publisher Description

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'The highest form of thriller . . . non-stop excitement' The Times

NOW AVAILABLE: THE SECOND SLEEP, ROBERT HARRIS'S LATEST NOVEL
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What if Hitler had won the war?

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.

GENRE
Crime & Thrillers
RELEASED
2012
May 31
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
528
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House
SIZE
1.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Weinbergreviewer ,

Daunting and chilling

This is the second book of Robert Harris’ that I have read, the first one being 'An Officer and a Spy'. While the latter book shows Harris’s maturity as a writer, this, his first book, is a slow-starter with an excellent climax. An excellent premise for a book - an exploration of the German Reich’s barbaric history through the eyes of a people ignorant of the truth in 1964 - and the convincing character of the protagonist, a Detective in the SS who stumbles onto a murder case he should never have investigated, lead to an ending both thrilling and appalling. Now to read another of his books!

Pollybee3 ,

Brilliant

I've always enjoyed Harris' work. This one never disappoints. It does drag slightly towards the end, but the characters are believable and the setting is frightening. Give it a go before dismissing it.

Pyramid-ant ,

Not a classic

This is essentially a novice work which fails to fulfil its interesting premise. Robert Harris has gone on to write better books. Its inclusion in the iBookstore's list of essential 20th Century Classic books rather make a mockery of the selection process.

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