AN Instance of the Fingerpost: A Novel

AN Instance of the Fingerpost: A Novel

by Iain Pears


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AN Instance of the Fingerpost: A Novel by Iain Pears

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 erudite and entertaining tour de force." —People

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573227957
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 305,126
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.


Oxford, England

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Ph.D., Oxford University

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