By Robert Harris
From the writer of the best-selling novels the terror Index, The Ghost author, Enigma, and native land: a depressing, hard-edged conspiracy and espionage mystery that tells the chilling real tale of the notorious Dreyfus Affair.
Paris, wintry weather 1895. Georges Picquart is the formidable, highbrow, lately promoted head of the counterespionage business enterprise that helped convict Dreyfus of treason. Picquart staunchly believes in Dreyfus's guilt-even after he witnesses the man's protestations of innocence in entrance of twenty thousand spectators baying "Death to the Jew!" yet progressively Picquart involves suspect undercover agent continues to be at huge within the army. With proof mounting, pointing to deceit on the maximum degrees of presidency, Picquart has nowhere to show and is pressured to question his so much deeply held ideals approximately his kingdom and himself. Bringing to lifestyles the scandal that mesmerized the realm on the flip of the 20th century, Harris tells a story of uncanny timeliness-a whistle-blower, a witch hunt of a minority, mystery tribunals, out-of-control intelligence firms, executive corruption, a cover-up-richly, dramatized with the storytelling mastery that has marked all of his across the world best-selling novels.
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Fresh morning sunlight lights up the scene. Almost blinding, but gentle somehow, the light is different from what I was used to in Tokyo. I glance at my watch. 6:32. “Gosh, what a long trip,” she says tiredly. “I thought my lower back was going to give out. And my neck’s killing me. You aren’t going to catch me on an all-night bus again. I’m taking the plane from now on, even if it’s more expensive. Turbulence, hijackings—I don’t care. ” I lower her suitcase and my backpack from the overhead rack.
I was concerned about that myself, so I took several deep breaths to see if I could detect any unusual odor. But it was just the ordinary smell of a woods in the hills. It was a bracing scent, the fragrance of trees. Nothing unusual about the plants and flowers around there, either. Nothing had changed shape or been discolored. One by one I examined the mushrooms the children had been picking. There weren’t all that many, which led me to conclude that they’d collapsed not long after they began picking them.
I have a friend there. A girlfriend of mine. ” I see, her nod says. No more questions. “I’ve got a younger brother the same age as you,” she suddenly tells me, as if she’d just remembered. . You know something? You look a lot like that guy. ” “You know, the guy who sings in that band! As soon as I saw you in the bus I thought you looked like him, but I just can’t come up with his name. I must have busted a hole in my brain trying to remember. That happens sometimes, right? It’s on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t think of it.
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris