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Stone's Fall - Iain Pears

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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.

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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

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ISBN: 9780385522854
ISBN-10: 0385522851
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 596
Published: 1st June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.57

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