By Robert Harris


Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for historic fiction
Winner of the yankee Library in Paris e-book Award

A whistle-blower.  A witch hunt. A cover-up. mystery tribunals, out-of-control intelligence organizations, and govt corruption. Welcome to Eighteen Nineties Paris.

Alfred Dreyfus has been convicted of treason, sentenced to existence imprisonment on a far away island, and publicly stripped of his rank. one of the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, an bold army officer who believes in Dreyfus's guilt as staunchly as any member of the general public. but if he's promoted to move of the French counter-espionage organisation, Picquart unearths proof secret agent nonetheless is still at huge within the military—indicating that Dreyfus is blameless. 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.

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Vital paintings. ” “How lengthy will I be clear of Paris? ” “Oh, quite a few days. might be per week or . ” “But who will run the part? ” “I’ll take it over myself. ” He laughs and claps my shoulder. “If you’ll belief me with the accountability! ” On Sunday, I see Pauline on the Gasts’: the 1st time i've got set eyes on her in weeks. She wears one other costume she is familiar with i admire, simple yellow with white lace cuffs and collar. Philippe is together with her and so are their little ladies, Germaine and Marianne. often i will be able to cope completely good seeing the relatives all jointly, yet in this day it truly is soreness. the elements is chilly and rainy. we're limited interior. So there is not any escaping the sight of her immersed in her different life—her actual existence. After a few hours I can’t sustain the pretence any more. i'm going out directly to the veranda behind the home to smoke a cigar. The rain is coming down chilly and difficult and combined with hail like a northern eu monsoon, stripping the few last leaves from the timber. The hailstones leap off the saturated garden. i feel of Dreyfus’s descriptions of the incessant tropical downpours. there's a gentle chafing of silk at the back of me, a odor of fragrance, after which Pauline is at my aspect. She doesn’t examine me yet stands observing out around the gloomy backyard. i've got my cigar in my correct hand, my left hangs loosely. The again of her correct hand slightly brushes opposed to it. It feels as though basically the hairs are touching. To somebody arising at the back of us we're simply outdated acquaintances staring at the typhoon jointly. yet her proximity is nearly overwhelming. Neither folks speaks. after which the door to the passage bangs open and Monnier’s voice booms out: “Let’s wish it’s in contrast to this subsequent week for his or her Imperial Majesties! ” Pauline casually strikes her hand as much as her brow to sweep away a stray hair. “Are you a great deal fascinated by it, Georges? ” “Not a lot. ” “He’s being modest, as usual,” cuts in Monnier. “I comprehend the half you fellows have performed to make the whole lot safe. ” Pauline says, “Will you definitely have a chance to fulfill the Tsar? ” “I’m afraid you need to be at the very least a common for that. ” Monnier says, “But definitely you may watch the parade, couldn’t you, Picquart? ” I puff difficult on my cigar, wishing he would leave. “I may perhaps, if i'll be stricken. The Minister of struggle has allotted areas for my officials and their other halves on the Bourbon Palace. ” “And you’re unlikely! ” cries Pauline, pretending to punch my arm. “You depressing republican! ” “I don’t have a spouse. ” “That’s no problem,” says Monnier. “You can borrow mine. ” and so forth Tuesday morning, Pauline and that i aspect alongside the stairs of the Bourbon Palace to our dispensed areas, whereupon I become aware of that each officer of the Statistical part has approved the minister’s invitation and has introduced his wife—or in Gribelin’s case his mom. They make no try to disguise their interest after we look and that i understand, too overdue, how we needs to glance of their eyes—the bachelor leader along with his married mistress on his arm.

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