Robert Harris is well known for his books of historical-fiction. His latest, from 2013, An Officer and a Spy is the true story of how a Jewish-French officer, Alfred Dreyfus is convicted, falsely as it turns out, of being a double-agent for the Germans around the turn of the 20th century. This is a good read for anyone who loves thrillers, and some ‘real life’ in their stories.
An officer of the French military intelligence, Georges Picquart begins an investigation into the Dreyfus case and soon discovers that the evidence brought forward during the espionage trial was doctored. And the true spy is still at large and dangerous.
Harris provides the reader with real historical events and very plausible dialogue as he relates a suspenseful mystery.
I strongly recommend this author. Harris is a good read, and although some of it is formulaic, he has the reader wanting more. An officer and a Spy is well written with strong characters and a great plot.
All his books are quality-written. I also enjoyed Enigma, which featured the importance of cryptonography during WWII. The protagonist is an Alan Turing-type who struggles to decode the Germans’ ciphers. His genius is on display, and the main characters are well developed and have a strong sense of moral codes- which they follow.
Two other Harris’ titles that I have read, which are simply fiction or alternative history, but again feature true historical characters and brilliant plots are: Archangel, which takes place in post-Stalinist Russia, and deals with the dictator’s heir attempting to wrest control of the country; and Fatherland, which portrays a Germany twenty years after winning the Second World War. A conspiracy is detected and if revealed would have global repercussions.
Both will entertain the reader with interestingly-plausible mysteries.