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Stone's Fall by Iain Pears

Stone's Fall begins with John Stone, Lord Ravenscliff, a wealthy financier and arms dealer, falling to his death in his London home in 1909. His wife, Lady Ravenscliff, hires a journalist to find the illegitimate child mentioned in Stone's will. Mysteries abound with shady characters and unanswered questions. The novel moves back in time to Paris in 1890, where a spy narrates the story. John Stone is involved in international intrigue and plays a role in a run on a bank that threatens to bankrupt the city of London. The novel moves backward in time again to 1867 Venice, where it is narrated by John Stone who tells of the invention that made his fortune and the woman with whom he had an affair. Events begun in Venice lead to Stone's death over thirty years later. Iain Pears's novel has received positive reviews with The Scotsman saying, "Better, more profound novels may be published this year, but I shall be surprised if there is one that offers more complete enjoyment. Stone's Fall is a novel to sink into and to read and read until your eyes are tired. Utterly absorbing and a rare delight."
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