By Robert Harris
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Robert Harris returns to the exciting ancient fiction he has so brilliantly made his personal. this is often the tale of the notorious Dreyfus affair instructed 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 bold, highbrow, lately promoted head of the counterespionage organization that "proved" Dreyfus had handed secrets and techniques to the Germans. in the beginning, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus's guilt. however it isn't lengthy after Dreyfus is brought to his desolate criminal that Picquart stumbles on details that leads him to suspect that there's nonetheless a secret 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 pressured to query not just the case opposed to Dreyfus but additionally his such a lot deeply held ideals approximately his state, and approximately himself.
Bringing to lifestyles the scandal that mesmerized the area on the flip of the 20th century, Robert Harris tells a story of uncanny timeliness––a witch hunt, mystery tribunals, out-of-control intelligence enterprises, 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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The man mutters into his throat mike. “Will do,” he says finally. ” hands help me over the rim and I stare at the starlit sky. A sight I haven’t seen since the hunting trip, when Youngster tricked me away from the caves so the others could kill Anna—from a ferox that is almost compassion. ” What is it about officers and idiot questions? Of course I can stand, I start to say, then discover I can’t and swallow the rest of my sentence anyway. The boots in front of me belong to a Death’s Head colonel.
Still, I feed scraps to the wild girl, who grows friendlier and begins to curl herself around me whenever I appear. What happens next is inevitable. One morning Anna arrives early, a dead lizard in her hand. She’s obviously really pleased with herself, understandably enough. She smiles when I say her name. It might be my tone of voice, although I pretend to myself that it isn’t. She looks up, and she smiles. My own smile ignites a grin on her face. ” She keeps smiling and I keep talking, my voice low and soothing as I cut her hair with my laser blade, leaving her standing in a tangle of filthy curls.
He wears the uniform of a Death’s Head lieutenant as if it’s a particularly amusing form of costume. He glances idly at the sergeant beside me, and the sergeant comes to attention. A polite nod and we’ve obviously been given our orders to move on. “Let’s find a bar,” I say. Horse laughs. “Okay,” he says. ” I frown. “He said this was about as far as you’d get . ” As the sergeant looks around him, I wonder what he sees. To me it’s a new world, one where Death’s Head officers and NCOs slouch down corridors, black-and- DAVID GUNN 4 7 silver jackets slung loosely over their shoulders.