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They lied to protect their country. He told the truth to save it. A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of FATHERLAND.

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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An Officer and a Spy
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One of my best reads
February 14th, 2015
I absolutely loved this book and so much so I purposefully read it slowly to savour every word like eating your favourite chocolate bar. Although the story is much different, An Officer and a Spy reminded me of another old read The Count of Monte Cristo.
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Excellent title
February 1st, 2015
Superbly written, excellent read could not put it down. Looking forward to reading his next book. Loved it!
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Couldn't put it down
January 18th, 2015
An excellent story. Really well written. I definitely recommend to anyone who loves a gripping drama.
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History explained well
November 5th, 2014
This is a great story. So many things I learned about such a well known story. What an amazing attempt to cover up something that became so public. Putting a voice and a personality to the characters makes it easier to comprehend the politics behind it.
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Masterful
October 27th, 2014
A masterful fictional account of the Dreyfus affair a meticulous recreation of history -deep insightful characterization - fascinating and brilliant by one of our best novelists
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Truth again stranger than fiction
September 24th, 2014
Although I've read two histories of the Dreyfus affair, Harris in his fictionalised account still had me on the edge of my seat with the pace and tension of his account. His eye and ear for the characters, particularly Picquart, the honest chief of the army secret service and Henry, his antagonist there made them live again. In our society where Assange and Snowden are accused by governments of revealing secrets that the public should know, we need to read again about What insane lengths governments and the military, let alone the secret services will go to protect their lies.
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An officer and a spy
September 24th, 2014
Well researched, my first book from the pen of Robert Harris , certainly will not be the last
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An Officer and a Spy
September 5th, 2014
Admittedly, at the outset, I'm a big Robert Harris fan. However, I'd have to say that in this book he's outdone himself. Undoubtedly his best ever.
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An Officer and a Spy
August 17th, 2014
A thrilling story, based on true life. Robert Harris is my favourite author for the reason that his books are so engaging and well researched. I look forward to his next novel.
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An Officer and a Spy
August 6th, 2014
Wonderful story, wonderfully written!
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An Officer and a Spy
August 6th, 2014
Wonderful story, wonderfully written!
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A great read
August 2nd, 2014
I started this book with only minimal knowledge of the Dreyfus Affair. The book read quickly and flowed well. I was constantly checking facts online, and found the author was quite faithful to the historical record. It was an enjoyable read, and a great way to learn a little history.
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Great History
June 21st, 2014
A true story compleat with real history as a novel it's wonderful. Also a stark depiction of Europe at at strange and interesting time moments befor the whole world exploded.
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Officer and a Spy
February 8th, 2014
Great story, fantastic detail - keeps you interested till the end.
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Very gripping.
December 12th, 2013
A very gripping book but I felt it was a little short in its conclusion.Classic one line ending.
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An officer and a spy
October 26th, 2013
Robert Harris at his most compelling. Just had to read it until I fell asleep. An example of how to make history really relevant to events today.
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