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But when he is promoted to head of the French counter-espionage agency, Picquart finds evidence that a spy still remains at large in the military—indicating that Dreyfus is innocent.

As evidence of the most malignant deceit an officer and a spy and spirals inexorably toward the uppermost levels of government, Picquart is compelled to question not only the case against Dreyfus but also his most deeply held beliefs about his country, and about himself.


Georges Picquart in his Tunisian Uniform. Finally after months of idleness with no word on when he can return to Paris, he requests a weeks leave and returns to Paris to turn over all his information to his lawyer who then takes that information to the man of impeccable character who also happens to be wealthy enough to an officer and a spy bribes or threats, Senator Auguste Scheurer-Kestner.

The French generals start to act guilty. Strange, potentially incriminating cables an officer and a spy sent to Picquart. He is arrested and brought up on a series of charges.

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Emile Zola, a great advocate of Dreyfus and Picquart, is put on trial and convicted to a year in prison. The truth proves to be such a dangerous thing to know. Emile Zola was sentenced to prison for the zeal in which he called for Dreyfus to be released.

He escaped to England one step ahead of men coming to arrest him. Picquart, when he discovers a mounting level of evidence that more than pokes holes in the flimsy conviction of Dreyfus, but actually completely destroys the case against Dreyfus, his first thought is that all of it needed to be brought into the light of an officer and a spy and dealt with before the newspapers get wind of the incongruities infesting the evidence against Dreyfus.

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

an officer and a spy After all a secret never remains a secret. There is little one can do especially in this time period when the power of an organization as formidable as the army decides to fabricate charges against a citizen, backed by a population who wants to see a Jew convicted and wants to see Picquart broken for trying to defend a Jew.

Imprisoned Picquart feels a strange sense of relief. The secrets are no longer just his secrets.

An Officer and a Spy

His needs are simple. He merely needs to feed the mind.

I have a bed and a chair, pen and paper, and plenty of booksGoethe, Heine, Ibsen, Proust kindly sends me his collected writings, Les Plaisirs et les Jours; my sister a new French-Russian dictionary.

What more does a man want?


I am imprisoned and an officer and a spy. Instead, Harris unearths the tale of Georges Picquart, the French officer who initially played a part in An officer and a spy arrest, only to be struck by a growing suspicion that the wrong man had been sent away.

Although not without his own flaws, including a glint of antisemitism, Picquart is a man who can't let anything lie — even when it is beneficial to him. After Dreyfus's incarceration he is made head of a secret intelligence unit called the "statistical section".

But he finds himself a victim of a sinister campaign when he begins to ask uncomfortable questions.