Robert Harris returns to the thrilling historical fiction he has so brilliantly made his own. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.
Set in Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s Island. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is his former commanding officer, Georges
Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the
counterespionage agency that provided the evidence of Dreyfus treason.
However, Picquart in his new role stumbles on pieces of the puzzle that indicate that Dreyfus is not the spy, but another officer. This evidence has the potential to unravel the highest officers in the military, if not the government itself.
Who will live, who dies! Who is set free and who is convicted of treason to the state?
Harris brings to life the world of government backdoors, spying and a nation under threat, in this forever twisting tale. Full of rich drama, the book it hard to put down.
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