An Officer And A Spy

Paperback | October 14, 2013

byRobert Harris

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"What Part did I play in his ruin?" A new historical thriller from Robert Harris.

Paris. 1895. On a freezing January morning, the Jewish army officer, Alfred Dreyfus, is stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000, and deported for life to Devil’s Island.

Among those watching his humiliation is a high-flying intelligence officer, the clever and resourceful Georges Picquart, whose dangerous love affairs leave him wide open to blackmail.

A few months later, Picquart discovers the Germans still have a spy operating in France. He mounts a sophisticated surveillance operation to trap the traitor. But the results are far more alarming than he ever expected, opening up a trail of corruption and deceit that leads him all the way to the highest ranks of the French army and government.

Now, in a vividly-written secret memoir kept under lock and key for more than 100 years, Picquart brings to life the Paris of the 1890s and tells the true story of a scandal that mesmerised the world.

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"What Part did I play in his ruin?" A new historical thriller from Robert Harris.Paris. 1895. On a freezing January morning, the Jewish army officer, Alfred Dreyfus, is stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000, and deported for life to Devil’s Island.Among those watching his humiliation is a high-flying intelligence of...

ROBERT HARRIS is one of Britain's most famous writers of thriller novels and gripping historical fiction. He is the author of eight bestselling historical and contemporary thrillers: Archangel, Enigma, Fatherland, The Fear Index, The Ghost, Imperium, Lustrum and Pompeii, all of which were worldwide bestsellers. His most recent bestsell...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.2 × 6.01 × 1.52 inPublished:October 14, 2013Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0091944562

ISBN - 13:9780091944568

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from My first book by Robert Harris Really enjoyed Robert Harris's way of writing. Couldn't put it down. Look forward to finding more of his books.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my best reads 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.
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent title Superbly written, excellent read could not put it down. Looking forward to reading his next book. Loved it!
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down An excellent story. Really well written. I definitely recommend to anyone who loves a gripping drama.
Date published: 2015-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from History explained well 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.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterful 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
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truth again stranger than fiction 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.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An officer and a spy Well researched, my first book from the pen of Robert Harris , certainly will not be the last
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Officer and a Spy 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.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Officer and a Spy 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.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Officer and a Spy Wonderful story, wonderfully written!
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Officer and a Spy Wonderful story, wonderfully written!
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read 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.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great History 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.
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Officer and a Spy Great story, fantastic detail - keeps you interested till the end.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very gripping. A very gripping book but I felt it was a little short in its conclusion.Classic one line ending.
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An officer and a spy 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.
Date published: 2013-10-26

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Editorial Reviews

"Many readers prize him as our supreme exponent of the “literary” thriller. His novels are not difficult -- they are whizzing page-turners… They also combine masterly suspense and mystery with historical insight and political shrewdness. His latest novel is no exception: it is a cracking read from start to finish… It offers a bravura display of Harris’s fictional skills. The first is sureness of historical touch. In both general and specific terms the period comes alive… There is no need to wait for the film: it can scarcely be more exciting than the book." --Sunday Times"Harris is committed to the belief that you can get at a truth as a novelist that you can’t as an historian… and he does give us the look, sensations, sounds and smells as no historian could… it is informative, accomplished and highly enjoyable." --Evening Standard"The Dreyfus Affair… has now been brilliantly retold by Robert Harris… This is a book about spies and their deceits and the unreasonable demands that are made of them by their hard-to-please political governors. It is 1895 with a strong undercurrent of 2003… The real subject then is espionage and the broader, mutually manipulative relationship between the intelligence “community” and the political class… Along the way, Harris gives us plenty of espionage tradecraft. The eavesdropping, the handwriting analysis, the forgery." --The Times