About this book
Every book by Robert Harris is a major publishing event, and this new novel is sure to be no exception. It is an exploration of the Dreyfus Affair, one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice in history, through the fictionalised memoir of Georges Picquart, who was rewarded for his part in the prosecution by becoming the youngest colonel the French army, and head of the counter-intelligence unit that exposed Dreyfus as a spy. What he discovers subsequently destroyed all his certainties over his country, his comrades and his calling. Audio edition also available.
On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying 'Death to the Jew!' Picquart is made the French army's youngest colonel and put in command of 'the Statistical Section'.