An Officer and a Spy

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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.

 
An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris

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...

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    ISBN: 9780099580881
    Published: 02/06/2014
    Imprint: Arrow
    Extent: 624 pages
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    Published: 31/01/2014
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"One of the book's strengths is its meticulous description of the spy trade - a world of agents, double agents, eccentrics and misfits, where nothing is taken at face value.
...The book has all the atmosphere of a spy novel and it might provoke Hollywood into a long-overdue remake of its earlier version of this amazing story." - Michael Sexton, Sydney Morning Herald

"The fact that this novel is seriously riveting is a testament to Robert Harris's storytelling power; he conjures knuckle-blanching suspense from a very well-known piece of history." - BOOKS OF THE YEAR, The Times

"Harris’ retelling of the Dreyfus case is as taut and exciting as anything by Forsyth or Follet." - BOOKS OF THE YEAR, Guardian

"Menace and suspense twist tight in a narrative of tremendous tension." - BOOKS OF THE YEAR, Sunday Times

"Superb . . . Harris demonstrates his unique ability to recreate historical events and turn them into spellbinding thriller . . . Written with scalpel-like precision and the elegance we expect of Harris, there is a passion here that justifies calling it a masterpiece." - BOOKS OF THE YEAR, Daily Mail

"A brilliant retelling of a scandal that became one of the most famous miscarriages of justice . . . the most gripping book I've read this year." - BOOKS OF THE YEAR, Mail on Sunday

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Robert Harris

Robert Harris

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 which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. 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 is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.

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