A return to the form that launched Iain Pears onto best-seller 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 best seller An Instance of the Fingerpost, lain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War I he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A 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 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, Europe's first great age of espionage, and the start of the 20th century's arms race. Like Fingerpost, Stone's 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 world's great storytellers.More
"Each section reads almost like a self-contained novel, but slowly various elements—seemingly minor or disconnected—converge to offer the full story. … [Stone’s Fall] demands slow reading (and even rereading) as the many pieces of this intricate puzzle masterfully come together." (Los Angeles Times)
"[A] labyrinthine historical thriller that travels (sometimes nimbly, sometimes ploddingly) back to the dawn of modern trading and on through two world wars. … This is a massive and well-made book, one ultimately better at characterizing money matters than human affairs." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Stone’s Fall is the best kind of fiction: a powerful combination of storytelling and ideas. The former keeps us mesmerized; the latter prompts us to reflect. It’s a luminous example of how writers can blur, with great success, the porous barrier between ‘popular’ and ‘serious’ literature." (Seattle Times)
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Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for.
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