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An Instance of the Fingerpost: Explore the murky world of 17th-century Oxford in this iconic historical thriller

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In this long narrative we are lost in a wilderness of mirrors, doubting testimony, evidence and even confession, ultimately unsure of who is using or betraying whom. there's a sort of mystery I couldn't really get into, and there's regular (and, at the end of the book, carefully cited) appearances by british scientists and philosophers of the period, but there was nothing that actually made me want to pay attention.

He unnaturally died of natural causes though he was later dug up, hung in chains, and ceremoniously beheaded.

We start off thinking we're in one kind of book then the narrative quick-switches and we're in another. Indeed, at times I was struck and very much impressed by his understanding of Restoration religion and politics – even the fringe groups of the time.

So begins Iain Pears' crafty, utterly mesmerizing intellectual thriller, An Instance of the Fingerpost. novels that I recommended as an antidote to the disastrous influence that the plutocratic elites try to impose on us by the hand of Dan Brown, and his horrendous novels of Masonic, pseudo-gothic, and plutocratic-globalist court. Sadly, the book's length made things difficult for me as I didn't have the luxury of reading it in a few consecutive sittings which would have helped. The book is split into four parts each section told by a different narrator each with their own unique view of events. Pears is an art historian himself, and I'm looking forward to reading something he has considerable knowledge about.

At its heart it is a thriller, full of twists and turns and dark alleys full of danger yet it is the reader who gets to play detective, to judge each of the witnesses and reach their own conclusions.

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