Cicero Books In Publication Order
- Imperium (2006)
- Conspirata / Lustrum (2009)
- Dictator (2016)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Fatherland (1991)
- Enigma (1995)
- Archangel (1998)
- Pompeii (2003)
- The Ghost (2007)
- The Fear Index (2011)
- An Officer and a Spy (2013)
- Conclave (2016)
- Munich (2017)
- The Second Sleep (2019)
- V2 (2020)
Robert Harris Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- A Higher Form of Killing (1982)
- Gotcha!: The Government, the Media and the Falklands Crisis (1983)
- The Making of Neil Kinnock (1984)
- Good and Faithful Servant: The Unauthorized Biography of Bernard Ingham (1990)
- Selling Hitler (1996)
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From the bestselling author of Pompeii comes the most provocative and brilliant novel of Rome and its power struggles since I, Claudius. Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Marcus Cicero, the greatest orator of all time, who at the age of twenty seven was determined to attain Imperium supreme power in the state. At his side was the everpresent Tiro, the confidential secretary and slave, whose celebrated biography of his master was lost in the Dark Ages. Imperium is the re creation of Tiro’s vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero’s extraordinary quest for glory. Tiro’s cautionary tale begins on a cold November morning, when he opens the door to a terrified stranger, a victim of Sicily’s corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The stranger’s arrival sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel Tiro’s master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history, pitting Cicero against some of the most powerful and intimidating figures of his or any other age: Pompey, Caesar, Crassus, and the many other powerful Romans who changed history. Robert Harris, the world’s master of innovative historical fiction, lures us into a violent, treacherous world of Roman politics at once exotically different from and yet startlingly similar to our own a world of Senate intrigue and electoral corruption, special prosecutors and political adventurism to describe how one clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable man fought to reach the top.
Conspirata / Lustrum
On the eve of Marcus Cicero’s inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome’s leader: elected by the people but despised by the heads of the two rival camps, the patricians and populists. Caught in a political shell game that leaves him forever putting out fires only to have them ignite elsewhere, Cicero plays both for the future of the republic and his very life. There is a plot to assassinate Cicero, abetted by a rising young star of the Roman senate named Gaius Julius Caesar and it will take all the embattled consul’s wit, strength, and force of will to stop it and keep Rome from becoming a dictatorship. In this second novel of his Roman trilogy, following the bestselling Imperium, Robert Harris once again weaves a compelling and historically accurate tale of intrigue told in the wise and compassionate voice of Cicero’s slave and private secretary, Tiro. In the manner of I, Claudius, Harris vividly evokes ancient Rome and its politics for today’s readers, documenting a world not unlike our own where the impulse toward dominance competes with the risk of overreach, where high minded ideals can be a liability, and where someone is always waiting in the wings for a chance to set the world on fire.
It is twenty years after Na*zi Germany’s triumphant victory in World War II and the entire country is preparing for the grand celebration of the Fuhrer’s seventy fifth birthday, as well as the imminent peacemaking visit from President Kennedy. Meanwhile, Berlin Detective Xavier March a disillusioned but talented investigation of a corpse washed up on the shore of a lake. When a dead man turns out to be a high ranking Na*zi commander, the Gestapo orders March off the case immediately. Suddenly other unrelated deaths are anything but routine. Now obsessed by the case, March teams up with a beautiful, young American journalist and starts asking questions…
dangerous questions. What they uncover is a terrifying and long concealed conspiracy of such astonding and mind numbing terror that is it certain to spell the end of the Third Reich if they can live long enough to tell the world about it.
‘LITERATE AND SAVVY…
BRIMS WITH WARTIME INTRIGUE.’ The Washington Post Book WorldEngland 1943. Much of the infamous Na*zi Enigma code has been cracked. But Shark, the impenetrable operational cipher used by Na*zi U boats, has masked the Germans’ movements, allowing them to destroy a record number of Allied vessels. Feeling that the blood of Allied sailors is on their hands, a top secret team of British cryptographers works feverishly around the clock to break Shark. And when brilliant mathematician Tom Jericho succeeds, it is the stuff of legend…
.’A TENSE AND THOUGHTFUL THRILLER.’ San Francisco ChronicleUntil the unthinkable happens: the Germans have somehow learned that Shark has been cracked. And they’ve changed the code…
.’SUSPENSEFUL AND FASCINATING.’ The Orlando SentinelAs an Allied convoy crosses the U boat infested North Atlantic…
as Jericho’s ex lover Claire disappears amid accusations that she is a Na*zi collaborator…
as Jericho strains his last resources to break Shark again, he cannot escape the ultimate truth: There is a traitor among them…
CAPTIVATING .’ New York Daily News’ELEGANTLY RESEARCHED…
Readers will find themselves perfectly placed to experience one of Britain’s finest hours.’ People’SATISFYING…
Harris does a crackerjack job here, playing his characters’ lives off historical events in surprising ways.’ Entertainment Weekly’SUSPENSEFUL…
FIENDISHLY CLEVER.’ Detroit Free PressFrom the Paperback edition.
Present day Russia is the setting for this stunning new novel from Robert Harris, author of the bestsellers Fatherland and Enigma. Archangel tells the story of four days in the life of Fluke Kelso, a dissipated, middle aged former Oxford historian, who is in Moscow to attend a conference on the newly opened Soviet archives. One night, Kelso is visited in his hotel room by an old NKVD officer, a former bodyguard of the secret police chief Lavrenty Beria. The old man claims to have been at Stalin’s dacha on the night Stalin had his fatal stroke, and to have helped Beria steal the dictator’s private papers, among them a notebook. Kelso decides to use his last morning in Moscow to check out the old man’s story. But what starts as an idle inquiry in the Lenin Library soon turns into a murderous chase across nighttime Moscow and up to northern Russia to the vast forests near the White Sea port of Archangel, where the final secret of Josef Stalin has been hidden for almost half a century. Archangel combines the imaginative sweep and dark suspense of Fatherland with the meticulous historical detail of Enigma. The result is Robert Harris’s most compelling novel yet.
All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire’s richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. The world s largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum, and Pompeii. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared. Springs are failing for the rst time in generations. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta s sixty mile main line somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Attilius decent, practical, and incorruptible promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. His plan is to travel to Pompeii and put together an expedition, then head out to the place where he believes the fault lies. But Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent town, and Attilius soon discovers that there are powerful forces at work both natural and man made threatening to destroy him. With his trademark elegance and intelligence, Robert Harris, bestselling author of Archangel and Fatherland, re creates a world on the brink of disaster. From the Hardcover edition.
From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Imperium comes The Ghost, an extraordinarily auspicious thriller of power, politics, corruption, and murder. Dashing, captivating Adam Lang was Britain’s longest serving and most controversial prime minister of the last half century, whose career ended in tatters after he sided with America in an unpopular war on terror. Now, after stepping down in disgrace, Lang is hiding out in wintry Martha’s Vineyard to finish his much sought after, potentially explosive memoir, for which he accepted one of history’s largest cash advances. But the project runs aground when his ghostwriter suddenly and mysteriously disappears and later washes up, dead, on the island’s deserted shore. Enter our hero Lang’s new ghostwriter cynical, mercenary, and quick with a line of deadpan humor. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to be the new ghost of Adam Lang’s memoirs, especially as it means a big payday. At once he flies to Lang’s remote location in America to finish the book in the seclusion of a luxurious estate, but it doesn’t take him long to realize he has made a fatal error in judgment. The state of affairs is grim enough when The Ghost begins to unearth the bone chilling circumstances of his predecessor’s death. And before long, he discovers that the ex prime minister is not just a charismatic politician who made a few mistakes. He’s a dark, tortured man with haunting secrets in his past secrets with the power to alter world politics. Secrets with the power to kill. Robert Harris is known the world over as a master of his trade. The Ghost is yet another signature, brilliant tour de force that will compel, captivate, and excite readers to the very last shocking page.
The Fear Index
At the nexus of high finance and sophisticated computer programming, a terrifying future may be unfolding even now. Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him. Fiendishly smart and suspenseful, The Fear Index gives us a searing glimpse into an all too recognizable world of greed and panic. It is a novel that forces us to confront the question of what it means to be human and it is Robert Harris s most spellbinding and audacious novel to date. From the Hardcover edition.
A Higher Form of Killing
A Higher Form of Killing opens with the first devastating battlefield use of lethal gas in World War I, and then investigates the stockpiling of biological weapons during World War II and in the decades afterward as well as the inhuman experiments con ducted to test their effectiveness. This updated edition includes a new Introduction and a new final chapter exposing frightening developments in recent years, including the black market that emerged in chemical and biological weapons following the breakup of the Soviet Union, the acquisition of these weapons by various Third World states, the attempts of countries such as Iraq to build up arsenals, and particularly and most recently the use of these weapons in terrorist attacks.
Spring 1983: it seemed that one of the most startling discoveries of the century had been made, and that one of the world’s most sought after documents had finally come to light the private diaries of Adolf Hitler. What followed was a fiasco of fakery, greed, the duping of experts, and the exchange of extraordinary sums of money for world wide publishing rights. But that was just the beginning of the story…