An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

By Iain Pears

It's 1663, and England is wracked with intrique and civil strife. whilst an Oxford don is murdered, it kind of feels firstly that the incident could have not anything to do with nice concerns of church and country. Who poured the arsenic into the victim's brandy? The proof issues to Sarah Blundy, a servant girl.... She confesses to the crime and is sentenced to be hanged.

Yet, little is because it turns out during this gripping novel, which dramatizes the ways that witnesses can see an analogous occasions but keep in mind them falsely. every one of 4 narrators - a Venetian scientific scholar, a tender guy motive on proving his past due father blameless of treason, a cryptographer and an archivist - palms a special erudite and interesting journey de force.

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