An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

An Officer and a Spy

Robert Harris

fiction historical thriller challenging mysterious tense medium-paced

429 pages | first published 2013


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. Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus,...
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tense 58%
challenging 25%
dark 16%
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