Book Review: Robert Harris’ Historical Thriller, An Officer and a Spy

The Bottom Line: A delicious police procedural based on one of France’s most intriguing real-life spy scandals.

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Like Poirot, the Harris’ Picquart sees inept, lazy investigative work everywhere he turns. The incompetent handling of the inquiries into Alfred Drefus – a Jew convicted of passing secrets to the Germans in 1895 – drives him deep into an investigation for which he could, at any moment, simply walk away. Instead, Harris’ Picquart continues on into a relentless pursuit of the truth.

Like so many of Harris’ books, An Officer and a Spy is a departure in tone, story and approach from his existing body of work.

Nevertheless, it’s a book that Harris fans are sure to enjoy.

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