Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Summer Reading: Fatherland by Robert Harris
Fatherland, a 1992 best-selling hard boiled detective mystery with a twist. It’s 1964, twenty years after Nazi Germany’s victory in WWII. Berlin Detective Xavier March finds his investigation of a corpse anything but routine. In the process he uncovers a conspiracy to cover up the crimes of the Nazi regime in order to safeguard an upcoming meeting of Hitler and U.S. President Joseph P. Kennedy.
Robert Harris’ thriller will appeal to fans of tough detectives. The unique alternative history setting adds another layer of interest to this well-written first novel. Harris has gone on to write historical fiction, including a trilogy about the Roman empire. His newest book is The Ghost, about a ghostwriter working on the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister.
Book jacket from my beat up paperback. The Library owns hard copy, large type and audiobook (cassette) versions.