By Robert Harris
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Robert Harris returns to the exciting historic fiction he has so brilliantly made his personal. this is often the tale of the notorious Dreyfus affair informed as a chillingly darkish, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.
Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a tender Jewish officer, has simply been convicted of treason, sentenced to lifestyles imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in entrance of a baying crowd of twenty-thousand. one of the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the bold, highbrow, lately promoted head of the counterespionage employer that "proved" Dreyfus had handed secrets and techniques to the Germans. first and foremost, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus's guilt. however it isn't lengthy after Dreyfus is dropped at his desolate felony that Picquart stumbles on details that leads him to suspect that there's nonetheless a secret agent at huge within the French army. As facts of the main malignant deceit mounts and spirals inexorably towards the uppermost degrees of presidency, Picquart is pressured to question not just the case opposed to Dreyfus but in addition his such a lot deeply held ideals approximately his nation, and approximately himself.
Bringing to existence the scandal that mesmerized the realm on the flip of the 20 th century, Robert Harris tells a story of uncanny timeliness––a witch hunt, mystery tribunals, out-of-control intelligence businesses, the destiny of a whistle-blower--richly dramatized with the singular storytelling mastery that has marked all of his across the world best-selling novels.
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An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris