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Stone's Fall Hardcover – 7 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition; 1st printing. edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224081799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224081795
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,598,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stone’s Fall is another novel to add lustre to a career that has had few missteps – and it is a book that shows no signs the author’s skill is waning. Iain Pears’ writing won’t be to everyone’s taste, but isn't that true of anything of quality? This is historical crime of an intelligent order, with a wide, time-spanning canvas that moves from London in the Edwardian era to Paris and Venice.

In 1909, a rich manufacturer of weapons has purloined the concept of the torpedo from another man, one of the reasons for his fabulous wealth. But he falls to his death from a window, and his widow, the Countess Elizabeth, commissions a journalist to investigate her late husband’s life and death – with the mystifying will he left as the fulcrum. As the journalist, Braddock, digs deeper, he uncovers very little -- and fifty year pass before a remarkable revelation comes his way.

A glance at Iain Pears’ earlier novels such as An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Portrait reveals the customary impeccable craftsmanship, on display once again in the new book. With his admirable skill at matching clever plotting with strikingly drawn characters, Pears is clearly a different commodity from his contemporaries (a conclusion also demonstrated by the beguiling The Dream of Scipio, set in Provence at three key points of Western civilisation). What is most encouraging about the critical and (to some degree) the commercial success of Iain Pears’ books is the encouraging signal it sends about readers’ willingness to engage with fiction that demands more than just easy acquiescence. A novel such as Stone’s Fall will not reveal its secrets to you without a certain commitment – which is why the author is something special in a dumbed-down, Big Brother-watching world. --Barry Forshaw


"Learned, witty and splendidly entertaining" (Kirkus)

"Pears matches the brilliance of his bestselling An Instance of the Fingerpost with this intricate historical novel... The pages will fly for most readers, who will lose themselves in the clear prose and compelling plot." (Publishers Weekly)

"Sometimes you get a novel that is purely enjoyable. Stone's Fall is such a book. The assurance and invention with which the novel is written are alike remarkable. Utterly absorbing and a rare delight" (Alan Massie The Scotsman)

"Pears is a bold storyteller with ambitions beyond the confines of genre" (Clare Clark Guardian)

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