An Officer and a Spy, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


In the hunt for a spy, he exposed a conspiracy. The winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2014, this is a gripping historical thriller from Robert Harris - Sunday Times bestselling author of Fatherland and The Ghost.

Paris, 1895: an army officer, Georges Picquart, watches a convicted spy, Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of a baying crowd.

Dreyfus is exiled for life to Devil's Island; Picquart is promoted to run the intelligence unit that tracked him down.

But when Picquart discovers that secrets are still being handed over to the Germans, he is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption that threatens not just his honour but his life...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780099580881



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A book of two halves for me. The first half set the scene slowly; the second raced to the denouement. So it a long time to get going and then seemed to be over very quickly. There was strong sense of 1890s Paris and it was a good (for me) overview of the Dreyfus Affair, but ultimately, I was a bit disappointed.

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