Thursday, February 20, 2014
An Officer and a Spy
An Officer and A Spy. Protagonist Georges Picquart works in intelligence for the French Army, and he slowly comes to realize that the charges that convicted Alfred Dreyfus of being a spy were false. What happened to this 19th century whistle blower provides the tension in the novel. While presenting enough detail to relate a cogent description of the actions and the cover-up, Harris enlivens all the characters by developing each character quite fully. Readers can understand the expectation of conformity within hierarchical institutions, and the impact of anti-Semitism on the integrity of the investigations. Harris does what most readers of historical fiction desire: he brings the time period to life, and presents a story that informs and entertains us. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase An Officer and a Spy from amazon.com.