Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and armaments manufacturer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War I he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents.
Reviewed by Women Who Read reading group
This book sparked a lot of debate. It was long, so you needed to be able to set aside a good period of time to read it in one sitting. It has hidden depths, and with a lot of surprises as the layers peeled away. A very strong plot.
Star rating: ***