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They lied to protect their country. He told the truth to save it. It is a gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of Fatherland. January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying 'Death to the Jew!' The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army's youngest colonel and put in command of 'the Statistical Section' - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus. The spy, meanwhile, is given a punishment of medieval cruelty: Dreyfus is shipped off to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil's Island - unable to speak to anyone, not even his guards, his case seems closed forever. But gradually Picquart comes to believe there is something rotten at the heart of the Statistical Section. When he discovers another German spy operating on French soil, his superiors are oddly reluctant to pursue it. Despite official warnings, Picquart persists, and soon the officer and the spy are in the same predicament. Narrated by Picquart, An Officer and a Spy is a compelling recreation of a scandal that became the most famous miscarriage of justice in history. Compelling, too, are the echoes for our modern world: an intelligence agency gone rogue, justice corrupted in the name of national security, a newspaper witch-hunt of a persecuted minority, and the age-old instinct of those in power to cover-up their crimes.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781846573866

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“Gripping Read”

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris was excellent. I normally read Biographies or Autobiographies but this book tempted me to break the mould and how pleased I was to have done so. I loved every page turned. I like... More

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7th November 2013
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“Whistleblower: a real-life study”

One of the things that I like about Robert Harris is his authenticity. In this fictionalised account of the infamous Dreyfus affair that took place in France at the end of the 19th century, Harris has clearly... More

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25th July 2014
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“Complex intrigue”

This is one of the best books by Robert Harris that I have read. It is a fictionalised version of the involvement of a French army officer, Georges Picquart, in the Dreyfus Affair. Normally I would shy away from such... More

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