An Officer and A Spy

An Officer and A Spy

Book - 2013
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Paris, January 1895. Army officer Georges Picquart witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being humiliated in front of 20,000 spectators baying 'Death to the Jew!' The officer is promoted and put in command of shadowy intelligence unit, the Statistical Section. The spy is shipped off to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil's Island and his case seems closed forever. But gradually Picquart comes to believe there is something rotten at the heart of the Statistical Section.
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780091944551
Branch Call Number: F HAR NVD
Characteristics: 483 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Officer & a spy


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PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 03, 2018

This was my first novel finished in 2018 and the rest of the books of 2018 will have a lot to live up to. I was absolutely enthralled with the characters and the fact that most of this is completely true is mind-boggling. I kept going to encyclopedias and other records when it seemed to be too cloak and dagger, only to find that Harris stuck quite closely to the facts. Tragic and captivating, I highly recommend this no matter your genre preference!

Jul 25, 2017

I was expecting this to be rather dry but Robert Harris managed to make it very interesting. I highly recommend this.

Jun 05, 2017

I won't elaborate the plot - just want to confirm that Harris really is a good writer!
I first got hooked on his Cicero trilogy, which was a fine addition to my library of long-time Roman history favorites "I, Claudius" and McCullough's Masters of Rome series. I've also read "Pompeii," and it looks now as if I'll be reading everything Harris has written!

Feb 16, 2017

Good and classy historical fiction, with strong elements of espionage and courtroom drama. Harris has a knack for getting inside the heart of human emotions - and all-too-human prejudices.

Aug 09, 2016

Spies, treason, political corruption, conspiracy and 19th century courtroom drama all based around the infamous true life Dreyfus Affair in France in 1895. This is an interesting piece of history transformed into a very well told work of fiction.

Jul 25, 2016

A touching an exciting book. The most important thing I realized is that to the bigots, truth means nothing.

Jun 15, 2016

An Officer and a Spy --- by --- Robert Harris.
Slow to start but becoming more and more involving until it finally gets you to indignation and red anger, this historical novel is about the Dreyfus case, a story and a scandal that shook and tore France at the end of the nineteenth century. This is a tale of anti-Semitism, deceit, cover-up and incompetence on a massive scale that almost anticipates what would be raised to a high art form in the Soviet Union, communist China, and the Third Reich. It is the story of one man who attempts to set all this malfeasance to right but who is outfoxed and out schemed at every turn. “Officer” fleshes out what, to me at least, has simply been a dry footnote to French history.

May 22, 2016

It starts slow, almost chucked it during the first disk as a fin de ciecle fluff piece, but unfolds like a John Le Carre novel, only it is true. An amazing piece of history well told. God forbid the establishment ever have to admit it's follies.

Jun 15, 2015

I don't usually read spy novels but my husband recommended this, so I thought I'd give it a try. I enjoyed Robert Harris's Fatherland, Pompeii, Enigma, The Fear Index, and Archangel. Robert Harris did another great job in bringing this story to life; it helped that it was based on facts because it made me feel for the characters more than if they were fictional. Fortunately, I didn't know the ending so I was reading late into the night to find out what happened. One downside was that I got a bit tired of hearing the same facts reiterated over and over. This caused me to do a bit of skimming near the end. But overall, I highly recommend this novel

Mar 17, 2015

An interesting piece of history in France. Dragged a bit in places and I skipped some pages but I held on to the end.

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