Stone's Fall When did high finance become a treacherous business? On day one, seems to be Iain Pears' answer in Stone's Fall , his labyrinthine historical thriller… Stone's Fall When did high finance become a treacherous business? On day one, seems to be Iain Pears' answer in Stone's Fall , his labyrinthine historical thriller… 2009-05-05 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Spiegel & Grau
Book Review

Stone's Fall (2009)

Stone's Fall | Stone's Fall by Iain Pears
Stone's Fall by Iain Pears
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 05, 2009; Writer: Iain Pears; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

When did high finance become a treacherous business? On day one, seems to be Iain Pears' answer in Stone's Fall, his labyrinthine historical thriller that travels (sometimes nimbly, sometimes ploddingly) back to the dawn of modern trading and on through two world wars. The first of three narrators — a London crime reporter hired by a young widow in 1909 to investigate her dead industrialist husband's will — provides a swift education in the intricacies of international banking before the narrative leaps back in time and deeper into intrigue. This is a massive and well-made book, one ultimately better at characterizing money matters than human affairs. B
Originally posted May 13, 2009 Published in issue #1048 May 22, 2009 Order article reprints
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