By Robert Harris
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Robert Harris returns to the exciting historic fiction he has so brilliantly made his personal. this is often the tale of the notorious Dreyfus affair informed as a chillingly darkish, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.
Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a tender Jewish officer, has simply been convicted of treason, sentenced to lifestyles imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in entrance of a baying crowd of twenty-thousand. one of the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the formidable, highbrow, lately promoted head of the counterespionage employer that "proved" Dreyfus had handed secrets and techniques to the Germans. before everything, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus's guilt. however it isn't lengthy after Dreyfus is brought to his desolate felony that Picquart stumbles on details that leads him to suspect that there's nonetheless a undercover agent at huge within the French army. As facts of the main malignant deceit mounts and spirals inexorably towards the uppermost degrees of presidency, Picquart is forced to query not just the case opposed to Dreyfus but in addition his so much deeply held ideals approximately his nation, and approximately himself.
Bringing to lifestyles the scandal that mesmerized the realm on the flip of the 20th century, Robert Harris tells a story of uncanny timeliness––a witch hunt, mystery tribunals, out-of-control intelligence firms, the destiny of a whistle-blower--richly dramatized with the singular storytelling mastery that has marked all of his across the world best-selling novels.
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A trick, sir, another of their tricks! Joseph roared. Indeed he was right, was Joseph, for the peasants were a tricky lot, they died by the score, thereby forcing the authorities across the sea to send in a relief shipment of six sacks of Indian corn. The estate was in ruin, bled white by agents and gombeen men. The land had been hacked into tiny holdings where the tenants were strangling the soil to death in their frantic efforts to meet the rents and feed their annually expanding families. All that was to change.
She cried out softly under his thrusts, and, as I watched, a delicate arc of briar beside them, caught by a stray breeze, sprang up suddenly into the air, where two butterflies were gravely dancing. Lift your head! Look! The mirror's pale, unwavering, utterly silent gaze sent something like a deep black note booming through the wood's limpid song, and I felt, what shall I say, that I had discovered something awful and exquisite, of immense, unshakeable calm. I wandered farther then, by unknown ways, and soon I heard Mama's voice hallooing here and there, each cry a little closer.
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris