An Officer and a Spy
by Robert Harris
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National Book Awards Popular People’s Fiction Book of the Year 2013, They lied to protect their countryHe’s telling the truth to record it.A thriller historical gripping of the author of PATRIE’s best-sellerJanuary 1895On a morning frost in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a guilty spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, to be humiliated in public, in front of twenty thousand spectators barking “Death to the Jew”.The agent is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made to the youngest French army of the colonel and put him in command of `the Statistics Section’ – the shadow, intelligence unit, which moved down DreyfusThe spy, for his part, gave a punishment of the medieval city of cruelty: Dreyfus is sent for a lifetime of isolation on Devil’s Island – the impossibility of talking to anyone, not even his guards, his case seems closed forever.But little by little, Picquart comes to believe that there is something rotten at the heart of the Statistics Section.When he discovers another German exploitation spy on French soil, his superiors are strangely reluctant to pursue him.Despite official warnings, Picquart persists, and soon the agent and spy are in the same situation.Told by Picquart, An Officer and an Espion is a leisure imperative of a scandal that has become the most famous denial of justice in history.Irresistible, too, are the echoes of our modern world: a rogue intelligence agency gone rogue, corrupt justice in the name of national security, a witch-hunting diary of a persecuted minority, and the old instinct of those in power to cover up their crimes.
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