A very French affair

21 02 2015

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

 

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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.

 

It’s an excellent tale of power, corruption and lies in high places. Combining historical detail and espionage with a gripping plot line its a terrifically exciting read.

 

four stars

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