Stone's Fall

Stone's Fall

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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, 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 twentieth 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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 152.4 x 55.88mm | 521.63g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 073935437X
  • 9780739354377
  • 2,129,129

About Iain M Pears

Iain Pears was born in 1955. He is the author of the international bestseller "An Instance of the Fingerpost," "The Dream of Scipio," a series of highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, an opera libretto, and countless articles on artistic, financial, and historical subjects.show more

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"When I read Iain Pears'" An Instance of the Fingerpost" years ago, I thought it was so brilliantly plotted, so compulsively entertaining, so utterly engrossing that I gave it to my father and said, 'This is the new Dickens.'" Stone's Fall" is better."--Malcolm Gladwell "Mr. Pears's assured command of period history, language, lore, and attitudes is formidable."-"The Wall Street Journal"" " "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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4 44% (2,448)
3 22% (1,255)
2 6% (314)
1 2% (120)
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