An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

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IN THE HUNT FOR A SPY, HE EXPOSED A CONSPIRACY. The winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2014, this is a gripping historical thriller from Robert Harris – Sunday Times bestselling author of Fatherland and The Ghost.

Paris, 1895: an army officer, Georges Picquart, watches a convicted spy, Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of a baying crowd.

Dreyfus is exiled for life to Devil's Island; Picquart is promoted to run the intelligence unit that tracked him down.

But when Picquart discovers that secrets are still being handed over to the Germans, he is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption that threatens not just his honour but his life...


About Robert Harris

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Robert Harris is the author of nine bestselling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost, Lustrum, The Fear Index and An Officer and a Spy. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, West Berkshire, with his wife Gill Hornby.
Published September 26, 2013 by Cornerstone Digital. 500 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For the first three-quarters of this book Picquart has operated quietly, trying to piece together the facts of the infamous Dreyfus affair, which culminated in the conviction, humiliation and banishment of Alfred Dreyfus, a French officer convicted on impossibly scanty evidence of being a German ...

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Yes, there was a traitor peddling secrets (unimportant ones, as it turned out), yes it was the duty of the statistical section to ferret him out, and certainly the frenzy of the cover-­up and the all-too-familiar impulse to punish the ­whistle-blower instead of the culprit played its role in the ...

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Lincoln Journal Star

Of course, anyone familiar with the history of this Dreyfus Affair, as it was famously known, already will have the ending — Dreyfus is found innocent and is released from his wretched cell on Devil’s Island, a broken and bent man.

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While it is clear that Dreyfus is a martyr, Harris’s Dreyfus is not a particularly likeable man.

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Did Picquart and Dreyfus meet when it was all over, Dreyfus restored to his rank and Picquart now minister of war, during which meeting Picquart tells Dreyfus that if it hadn’t been for him, Dreyfus, he would never have attained a cabinet-level rank?

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