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    DescriptionFrom the bestselling author of Fatherland, a gripping historical thriller in which the hunter becomes the hunted. January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying 'Death to the Jew!' The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army's youngest colonel and put in command of 'the Statistical Section' - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus. The spy, meanwhile, is given a punishment of medieval cruelty: Dreyfus is shipped off to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil's Island - unable to speak to anyone, not even his guards, his case seems closed forever. But gradually Picquart comes to believe there is something rotten at the heart of the Statistical Section. When he discovers another German spy operating on French soil, his superiors are oddly reluctant to pursue it. Despite official warnings, Picquart persists, and soon the officer and the spy are in the same predicament. Narrated by Picquart, An Officer and a Spy is a compelling recreation of a scandal that became the most famous miscarriage of justice in history. Compelling, too, are the echoes for our modern world: an intelligence agency gone rogue, justice corrupted in the name of national security, a newspaper witch-hunt of a persecuted minority, and the age-old instinct of those in power to cover-up their crimes.


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    Title
    An Officer and a Spy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Harris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 666 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091954130
    ISBN 10: 0091954134
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    DC23: 823.92
    Thema V1.0: FV
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    Hutchinson
    Publication date
    13 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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
    Back cover copy
    An intelligence agency gone rogue; Justice corrupted in the name of national security; A newspaper witch-hunt of a persecuted minority; The age-old instinct of those in power to cover up their crimes: PARIS, JANUARY 1895. Twenty thousand spectators are baying ‘Death to the Jew’ as Captain Alfred Dreyfus is denounced as a spy. Sentenced to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil’s Island, his case seems closed forever. Newly promoted to the head of 'the Statistical Selection' – the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus – Officer George Picquart begins to suspect there is something rotten at its heart. Despite official warnings, Picquart continues to pursue the truth until he realises he has more in common with Dreyfus than he could ever have imagined. ‘Fabulous quote to go here’ ‘Another incredible quote to go here’ ROBERT HARRIS is the author of eight bestselling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost, Lustrum and The Fear Index.