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An officer and a spy

Author: Robert Harris
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : First United States editionView all editions and formats
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With this novel the author returns to the thrilling historical fiction he has so brilliantly made his own. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage. Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Spy stories
Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Alfred Dreyfus; Georges Picquart
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Harris
ISBN: 0385349580 9780385349581
OCLC Number: 846889309
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain in 2013.
Description: xi, 429 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Robert Harris.
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With this novel the author returns to the thrilling historical fiction he has so brilliantly made his own. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage. Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of twenty-thousand. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that "proved" Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus's guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military. As evidence of the most malignant deceit mounts and spirals inexorably toward the uppermost levels of government, Picquart is compelled to question not only the case against Dreyfus but also his most deeply held beliefs about his country, and about himself. Bringing to life the scandal that mesmerized the world at the turn of the twentieth century, the author tells a tale of uncanny timeliness, a witch hunt, secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, and the fate of a whistle-blower. -- Provided by publisher.

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