Paris, 1895- an army officer, Georges Picquart, watches a convicted spy, Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of a baying crowd.
Robert Harris is the author of thirteen bestselling novels- the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave, Munich and The Second Sleep. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into forty languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.
The fact that this novel is seriously riveting is a testament to
Robert Harris's storytelling power; he conjures knuckle-blanching
suspense from a very well-known piece of history. -- BOOKS OF THE
YEAR * The Times *
Harris' retelling of the Dreyfus case is as taut and exciting as anything by Forsyth or Follet. -- BOOKS OF THE YEAR * Guardian *
Menace and suspense twist tight in a narrative of tremendous tension. -- BOOKS OF THE YEAR * Sunday Times *
Superb . . . Harris demonstrates his unique ability to recreate historical events and turn them into spellbinding thriller . . . Written with scalpel-like precision and the elegance we expect of Harris, there is a passion here that justifies calling it a masterpiece. -- BOOKS OF THE YEAR * Daily Mail *
A brilliant retelling of a scandal that became one of the most famous miscarriages of justice . . . the most gripping book I've read this year. -- BOOKS OF THE YEAR * Mail on Sunday *