Large print - 2018
September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-H...itler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?
September 1938. Adolf Hitler has announced that he will cross the Czechoslovakian border in the coming days and seize the Sudetenland. Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister, is desperate to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the Sudeten territory and avoid an all-out war. Harris, the author of such first-rate historical thrillers as Fatherland (1992) and An Officer and a Spy (2014), tells this gripping story mostly through the eyes of two men: Hugh Legat, the prime minister's private secretary, and Paul von Hartmann, a German diplomat. Legat and Hartmann were friends once, several years ago; now their shared interest in peace may bring them together again, but stopping Hitler is a dangerous undertaking. Harris is a splendid storyteller whose ability to blend reality and fiction seamlessly is virtually unmatched. We know how Chamberlain's efforts to prevent war turned out, of course, but that doesn't stop us from being absolutely riveted to this tautly constructed, compellingly written story. Another surefire best-seller from a consistently fine author of historical fiction.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Expect to be seeing or hearing Harris pretty much everywhere in the new year, from national print and broadcast media to all manner of devices displaying bytes and pixels. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by Library Journal Reviews
Returning to the territory of the alt-history classic Fatherland, Harris visits the Munich Conference, with two friends from 1920s Oxford in conflict. British diplomatic up-and-comer Guy Legat serves as private secretary to placating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, while German Foreign Office staffer Rikard von Holz secretly belongs to the anti-Hitler Resistance. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
The 1938 Munich peace negotiations form the backdrop for this intelligent novel. Thriller Award–winner Harris (Conclave) presents the diplomatic give-and-take through the perspectives of two friends who have fallen out of touch: Hugh Legat of His Majesty's Diplomatic Service and his Oxford schoolmate, Paul von Hartmann, who serves as a translator for the German Foreign Ministry. For Hugh, the international crisis coincides with the deterioration of his marriage. Paul is recruited by a group of conspirators hoping that Hitler's militarily unrealistic plans to attack Czechoslovakia will lead his generals to support an effort to topple him. Meanwhile, Neville Chamberlain holds vigorous discussions with his cabinet about what he could and should do to avert what he believes will be a civilization-shattering conflict that will cost many British lives over "a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing." Harris succeeds in not only transforming a familiar historical event into a novel of suspense but in making the derided Chamberlain sympathetic. 100,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management. (Jan.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.
A spy thriller set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of 1938 follows the experiences of a rising star in the British diplomatic service and his Oxford friend, a secret member of the anti-Hitler resistance, who, while on a disastrous collision course with each other, witness pivotal events involving Chamberlain, Mussolini and other historical figures. (suspense). Simultaneous.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A spy thriller set against a backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of 1938 follows the experiences of a rising star in the British diplomatic service who is on a disastrous collision course with an Oxford friend, a secret member of the anti-Hitler resistance.Review by Publisher Summary 3
From the best-selling author of V2 and Fatherland--a WWII-era spy thriller set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938. Soon to be a Netflix film.With this electrifying novel about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, "Harris has brought history to life with exceptional skill" (The Washington Post).Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office--and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Hartmann travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course. And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importance--here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier--at the heart of an electrifying, unputdownable novel.