By Robert Harris
From the writer of the best-selling novels the phobia Index, The Ghost author, Enigma, and place of birth: a gloomy, hard-edged conspiracy and espionage mystery that tells the chilling real tale of the notorious Dreyfus Affair.
Paris, iciness 1895. Georges Picquart is the bold, highbrow, lately promoted head of the counterespionage supplier that helped convict Dreyfus of treason. Picquart staunchly believes in Dreyfus's guilt-even after he witnesses the man's protestations of innocence in entrance of twenty thousand spectators baying "Death to the Jew!" yet steadily Picquart involves suspect undercover agent continues to be at huge within the army. With facts mounting, pointing to deceit on the optimum degrees of presidency, Picquart has nowhere to show and is forced to question his so much deeply held ideals approximately his nation and himself. Bringing to lifestyles the scandal that mesmerized the area on the flip of the 20th century, Harris tells a story of uncanny timeliness-a whistle-blower, a witch hunt of a minority, mystery tribunals, out-of-control intelligence organizations, executive corruption, a cover-up-richly, dramatized with the storytelling mastery that has marked all of his the world over best-selling novels.
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An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris