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: 01/10/2013
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"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

"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

"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. 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.

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