An Instance of the Fingerpost

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Riverhead Books, 2000 - Fiction - 691 pages
A national bestseller and one of the New York Public Library's Books to Remember, An Instance of the Fingerpost is a thrilling historical mystery from Iain Pears.

"It is 1663, and England is wracked with intrigue and civil strife. When an Oxford don is murdered, it seems at first that the incident can have nothing to do with great matters of church and state....Yet, little is as it seems in this gripping novel, which dramatizes the ways in which witnesses can see the same events yet remember them falsely. Each of four narrators--a Venetian medical student, a young man intent on proving his late father innocent of treason, a cryptographer, and an archivist--fingers a different culprit...an erudite and entertaining tour de force." --People

Iain Pears's The Dream of Scipio and The Portrait are also available from Riverhead Books.

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User Review  - JackMassa - LibraryThing

Complex, poignant, impressively erudite, fascinating and heart-breaking. To call this a historical mystery is by far inadequate. It is more like the apotheosis of the historical mystery. The same ... Read full review

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User Review  - countrylife - LibraryThing

Immersed in the history, the history of medicine, life in the times, the politics, the philosophy, the intrigue. And then, near the end, the stupid plot twist involving Sarah. Nope. All that reading time wasted. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Iain Pears was born in 1955. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he has worked as a journalist, an art historian, and a television consultant in England, France, Italy, and the United States. He is the author of seven highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, and countless articles on artistic, financial, and historical subjects, as well as the international bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost. He lives in Oxford, England.

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