AN Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
A Novel

80%

9 Critic Reviews

Engaging enough to transcend the dry logical game it could have become.
-AV Club

Synopsis

In 1663 Oxford, a servant girl confesses to a murder. But four witnesses--a medical student, the son of a traitor, a cryptographer, and an archivist--each finger a different culprit...
 

About Iain Pears

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Iain Pears is the author of the New York Times bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Portrait. He lives in Oxford, England.
 
Published March 1, 1999 by Berkley. 750 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for AN Instance of the Fingerpost
All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Andrew Miller on Mar 22 2008

It was not until the final 150 pages that I found myself being moved.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Mar 02 2008

This massive, delightfully titled literary thriller (it's a quote from Sir Francis Bacon) is the kind of gamble it's great to see a publisher taking in these often timid times.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Ginger Haycox on Mar 01 2008

Because of the time it takes to get though it, this one is only for the serious readers who love the genre and good writing.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by John Gustafson on Mar 29 2008

Engaging enough to transcend the dry logical game it could have become.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Mark Harris on Mar 20 2008

Those who drain to the last drop this bulging gourd of a whodunit will find themselves both sated and extremely surprised.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Alfred Mac Adam on Mar 08 2008

In presenting the contradictions of the age, Pears proves that the past does have a future.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Dirda on Mar 08 2008

Iain Pears has written an impressively original and audaciously imaginative intellectual thriller. Don't miss it.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Ott on Dec 01 2008

Come for the history of science, come for the Restoration politics, come for the Dickensian sprawl, but stay for the passion, the human hearts in deadly turmoil. A major literary event.

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BookPage

Excellent
Reviewed by Jayne Plymale on Jan 01 2008

True to its title, the book itself is a fingerpost, playfully guiding the reader through philosophical conundrums concerning the nature of knowledge and truth while weaving an entertaining tale of gothic proportions.

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