Here's the link: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/postmortem-tagging-my-10-favorite-crime-novels-201/
|Zola's Courageous Attack on the Army |
for Wrongly Convicting Dreyfuss of Treason
|Historical Fiction at its Finest|
Much like the story of the assassination of Heydrich in HHhH that I wrote about in a previous post, I knew the bare bones of the Dreyfuss affair--Zola's involvement, the antisemitism rife in the French Army and right wing press at the end of the 19th Century etc.--but I didn't know the details and ultimately, the outcome. Harris does not invent characters or events in the book--dialogue and some incident, I imagine, but according to his afterward, he sticks as close to the published record as he can to explore the case. The result is a novel, an historical thriller, that is gripping to the end and at times, very well written. A totally different approach to historical fiction than that taken by Binet in his HHhH and equally fine in my opinion. More than one way to skin a novel!