Robert Harris to Release New Novel this Fall (with Details)

On November 19th, New York Times bestselling author Robert Harris will publish The Second Sleep, a new standalone thriller set in 1468. 

Coming off of the success of Munich (2018), which might be his best book since An Officer and a Spy (2013) Harris has rebounded nicely after receiving so-so reviews for his 2016 novel, Conclave, which featured a shocking, though improbable and pretty far out, twist ending. His latest, which is being described by his publisher as “dark” and “chilling,” is said to be unlike anything else he’s ever written. Check out the official plot details below. 

Robert Harris.jpgFrom the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy–a chilling and dark new thriller unlike anything Robert Harris has done before.

1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artifacts–coins, fragments of glass, human bones–which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death?

Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes–about himself, his faith, and the history of his world–will be tested to destruction.



Robert Harris is the author of twelve novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, Dictator, Conclave, and Munich. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby.

The Second Sleep comes out on November 19th and is currently available for pre-order here.



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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