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An instance of the fingerpost

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We are in England in the 1660s. Charles II has been restored to the throne following years of civil war and Cromwell's short-lived republic. Oxford is the intellectual seat of the country, a place of great scientific, religious, and political ferment. A fellow of New College is found dead in suspicious circumstances. A young woman is accused of his murder. We hear the story of the death from four witnesses: an Italian physician intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; the son of an alleged Royalist traitor; a master cryptographer who has worked for both Cromwell and the king; and a renowned Oxford antiquarian. Each tells his own version of what happened. Only one reveals the extraordinary truth.With rights sold for record-breaking sums around the world, An Instance of the Fingerpost is destined to become a major international publishing event. Deserving of comparison to the works of John Fowles and Umberto Eco, Iain Pears's novel is an ingenious tour de force: an utterly compelling historical mystery with a plot that twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing until the very last page.
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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...

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subject_facet Detective and mystery stories, Great Britain -- History -- Charles II, 1660-1685 -- Fiction, Murder -- England -- Oxford -- History -- 17th century -- Fiction, Oxford (England) -- Fiction
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title_full An Instance of the Fingerpost, An instance of the fingerpost / Iain Pears
title_short An instance of the fingerpost
topic_facet Detective and mystery stories, Fiction, Great Britain, Historical Fiction, Murder, Thriller