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An officer and a spy, Robert Harris

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An officer and a spy
Title
An officer and a spy
Statement of responsibility
Robert Harris
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying 'Death to the Jew!' The officer is rewarded with promotion - Picquart is made the French army's youngest colonel and put in command of 'the statistical section' - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus. The spy, meanwhile, is given a punishment of medieval cruelty and shipped off to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil's Island - unable to speak to anyone, not even his guards, his case seems closed forever. But gradually Picquart comes to believe there is something rotten at the heart of the statistical section. When he discovers another German spy operating on French soil, his superiors are oddly reluctant to pursue it. Despite official warnings, Picquart persists, and soon the officer and the spy are in the same predicament. Narrated by Picquart, 'An officer and a spy' is a compelling recreation of a scandal that became the most famous miscarriage of justice in history. Compelling, too, are the echoes for our modern world: an intelligence agency gone rogue, justice corrupted in the name of national security, a newspaper witch-hunt of a persecuted minority, and the age-old instinct of those in power to cover-up their crimes
Summary
Paris, 1895: Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer, is convicted of treason, stripped of his rank, and sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor on Devil's Island, French Guiana. Ordered to investigate the case on behalf of the military's new counter-espionage force, Colonel Georges Picquart uncovers evidence of anti-Semitism as well as a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of the government. Inspired by the events of the Dreyfus Affair, a real-life political scandal that engulfed Europe in the late 19th century, this gripping tale brings history to life. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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Tone
Award
  • British Book Award for Popular Fiction, 2013.
  • Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, 2014.
  • Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, 2014.
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10246748
Cataloging source
NJB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harris, Robert
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dreyfus, Alfred
  • Picquart, Georges
  • France
Target audience
adult
Label
An officer and a spy, Robert Harris
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 2013
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000052801212
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
611 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780099580881
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)872701360
Label
An officer and a spy, Robert Harris
Publication
Note
Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 2013
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000052801212
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
611 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780099580881
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)872701360

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