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In his most dazzling and brilliant novel since An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and armaments manufacturer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents. panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone s Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home. Chronologically, it goes backwards London in 1909, then Paris in 1890, and finally Venice in 1867 and Stone s character and motivation deepen as the book progresses; in the first part he is almost an abstraction, existing only in the memory of those who knew him; in the second he is a character, but only a secondary one; in the third he is the narrator of the story. A quest, then, but also a love story and a murder mystery, set against the backdrop of the evolution of high-stakes international finance, Europe s first great age of
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The long-awaited return of one of our greatest historical thriller writers. A book to rival his international bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost.

About the Author

Iain Pears was born in 1955. He is the author of seven detective novels, a book of art history and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects, and three novels, An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and The Portrait.

Reviews

"I cannot remember enjoying a book as much as Stone's Fall" -- Malcolm Gladwell * Observer * "The assurance and invention with which the novel is written are alike remarkable. Utterly absorbing and a rare delight" -- Alan Massie * Scotsman * "Engrossing and intelligent, it's the best sort of page-turner" -- Amber Pearson * Daily Mail * "A juicy mystery with lashings of period detail" * Daily Telegraph * "The novel is above all a romp, albeit an exceptionally intelligent and entertaining one" -- David Robson * Sunday Telegraph *

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