Pears spins a tale that bristles with big ideas as well as suspense - Guardian
a generous, triple-decker slab of upmarket historical hokum - The Times
This is the story of John Stone, financier and armaments manufacturer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone’s Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home. Chronologically, it goes backwards, and Stone’s character deepens as the book progresses. A love story and a murder mystery, set 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.