“Stone’s Fall”

I read Iain Pears’ An Instance of the Fingerpost and loved it.  It was four intertwining tales in England in 1663.  What one tale would reveal, the others would build on.  The story just kept getting deeper and more involved.  So it was with high hopes that I saw Pears had a new book out.

This time, there’s three main stories set in London of 1909, Paris of 1890, and Venice of 1867.  An industrialist falls from the window of his study, and his will reveals he had a son no one knew of.  The industrialist’s wife hires a reporter to search for the son.  The story goes from there.

Stone’s Fall is different from An Instance of the Fingerpost.  In Stone’s Fall, there didn’t seem to be a terrible amount of action.  Mostly, it’s the protagonist (who changes in each of the three stores) meeting with people and talking with them.  Or , that’s what the first hundred or so pages were because it did seem to get better.  Stone’s Fall wasn’t nearly as complex as an Instance of the Fingerpost, whose complexity I truly enjoyed.  But that’s okay, Stone’s Fall still told a good story of financial manipulation and gambling, and its impact on world events.  It wasn’t as much as I’d hoped, but still stood on its own and was fun to dig into.

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