An Officer and a Spy

An Officer and a Spy : The gripping Richard and Judy Book Club favourite

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IN THE HUNT FOR A SPY, HE EXPOSED A CONSPIRACY

***Winner of the 2014 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction***

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...

A breathtaking historical spy thriller from Robert Harris, author of Munich, Conclave and the acclaimed Cicero trilogy
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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 38mm | 426g
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099580888
  • 9780099580881
  • 91,201

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"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."
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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 * "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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About Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of twelve bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave and most recently, Munich. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into forty languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.
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18,748 ratings
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3 14% (2,689)
2 3% (504)
1 1% (208)
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