May 2009 Indie Next List
“I spent three days glued to Stone's Fall, which is full of intricate twists and turns, espionage, political intrigue, romance, travel, and history. Don't be daunted by the 600-plus pages -- from page one you'll be hooked!”
— Robin Allen, Forever Books, Saint Joseph, MI
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.
About the Author
Iain Pears was born in 1955. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he has worked as a journalist, an art historian, and a television consultant in England, France, Italy, and the United States. He is the author of seven highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, and countless articles on artistic, financial, and historical subjects, as well as the international bestseller "An Instance of the Fingerpost,"
Simon Vance has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for his narration of "Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini. He is also the recipient of five coveted Audie Awards, including one for "The King's Speech" by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, and he was named an "AudioFile" Best Voice of 2009.
“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