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ISBN13: 9780385522854
ISBN10: 0385522851
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A return to the form that launched Iain Pears onto bestseller lists around the world: a vast historical mystery, marvelous in its ambition and ingenius in its complexity.

In his most dazzling novel since the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents.

A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stones Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

Chronologically, it moves backwards–from London in 1909 to Paris in 1890, and finally to Venice in 1867– and in the process the quest to uncover the truth plays out against the backdrop of the evolution of high-stakes international finance, Europes first great age of espionage, and the start of the twentieth centurys arms race.

Like Fingerpost, Stones Fall is an intricately plotted and richly satisfying puzzle–an erudite work of history and fiction that feels utterly true and oddly timely–and marks the triumphant return of one of the worlds great storytellers.

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In his most dazzling novel since the groundbreaking "New York Times" bestseller "An Instance of the Fingerpost," Pears presents a vast historical mystery, marvelous in its ambition and ingenious in its complexity.

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At his London home, John Stone falls out of a window to his death. A financier and arms dealer, Stone was a man so wealthy that he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. Did he jump, was he pushed, or was it merely a tragic accident? His alluring and enigmatic widow hires a young crime reporter to investigate. The story moves backward in time—from London in 1909 to Paris in 1890 and finally to Venice in 1867—and the attempts to uncover the truth play out against the backdrop of the evolution of high-stakes international finance, Europe’s first great age of espionage, and the start of the twentieth century’s arms race. Stone’s Fall is a tale of love and frailty, as much as it is of high finance and skulduggery. The mixture, then, as now, is an often fatal combination.

About the Author

Iain Pears is the author of the bestsellers An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Dream of Scipio and a novella, The Portrait, as well as a series of acclaimed detective novels, a book of art history and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Book Cat, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by Book Cat)
This is an amazing, complex story, with characters who have real human limitations and emotions. Read Stone's Fall for an immersion in the past, for an engaging world that you can get lost in, and a mystery that is satisfyingly difficult to puzzle out.
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mboxcar, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by mboxcar)
I've been a fan of Iain Pears since my mother introduced me to his Art History Mysteries. I devoured those quickly and was wary about his foray into more weighty lit. My concerns were unjustified. I've thoroughly enjoyed his post-Art History novels (though I haven't read The Portrait), perhaps this latest most of all.

While incredibly complex--it unfolds via three narrators during three time periods--Stone's Fall has a great payoff and kept me very interested throughout. Bonus: I also learned much about industrial England, turn of the century finance and naval munitions. I'm voting this my favorite read of 2010.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385522854
Author:
Pears, Iain
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
612
Dimensions:
8.30x5.56x1.27 in. 1.01 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In his most dazzling novel since the groundbreaking "New York Times" bestseller "An Instance of the Fingerpost," Pears presents a vast historical mystery, marvelous in its ambition and ingenious in its complexity.
"Synopsis" by , At his London home, John Stone falls out of a window to his death. A financier and arms dealer, Stone was a man so wealthy that he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. Did he jump, was he pushed, or was it merely a tragic accident? His alluring and enigmatic widow hires a young crime reporter to investigate. The story moves backward in time—from London in 1909 to Paris in 1890 and finally to Venice in 1867—and the attempts to uncover the truth play out against the backdrop of the evolution of high-stakes international finance, Europe’s first great age of espionage, and the start of the twentieth century’s arms race. Stone’s Fall is a tale of love and frailty, as much as it is of high finance and skulduggery. The mixture, then, as now, is an often fatal combination.
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