On September 29th, 2020 V2, a new standalone spy thriller set during World War II from Robert Harris, is set to hit bookstores.
Harris, 63, has published more than a dozen thrillers since 1992 when Fatherland, his debut novel, was first released. Most recently, he wrote The Second Sleep (2019), which featured a shocking twist that, incredibly, never really leaked out ahead of the book’s release. While controversial, the twist itself greatly impacted the overall plot and setting, leaving some readers who thought they were getting a certain type of story completely thrown for a loop. Either way, it was a daring move, and one that his readers are still talking about.
Though he’s written in a number of sub-genres over the years, Harris is perhaps best known for An Officer and a Spy (2013), which is widely regarded as one of the better spy novels in recent memory. Munich, released in 2017, was another big hit, both critically and commercially, for Harris—so it’s no surprise that, story-wise, his next offering, V2, a WWII thriller about an actress turned spy and a German rocket engineer, falls somewhere between those to books.
Check out the official plot details and cover art below.
From the best-selling author of Fatherland and Munich comes a WWII thriller about a German rocket engineer, a former actress turned British spy, and the Nazi rocket program.
It’s November 1944–Willi Graf, a German rocket engineer, is launching Nazi Germany’s V2 rockets at London from Occupied Holland. Kay Connolly, once an actress, now a young English Intelligence officer, ships out for Belgium to locate the launch sites and neutralize the threat. But when rumors of a defector circulate through the German ranks, Graf becomes a suspect. Unknown to each other, Graf and Connolly find themselves on opposite sides in the hunt for the saboteur.
Their twin stories play out against the background of the German missile campaign, one of the most epic and modern but least explored episodes of the Second World War. Their destinies are on a collision course.
Robert Harris is the author of thirteen previous novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, Dictator, Conclave, Munich, and The Second Sleep. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently An Officer and a Spy. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby.
Readers interested in pre-ordering V2, can now place orders for Robert Harris’ next thriller wherever books are sold.
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