Books Iain Pears Books by Iain Pears Iain Pears has written books about: Literary Fiction Fiction Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Historical Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Iain Pears Excerpts: Recommended Books Excerpt: 'Stone's Fall' June 11, 2009 Iain Pears knows how to deliver a complex historical mystery. Stone's Fall is one of those gloriously long books that is never long enough. Summer Reading: Fiction Excerpt: 'The Portrait' July 6, 2005 It is the beginning of the 1900s. Henry MacAlpine, an artist, is in a self-imposed exile on an island off the coast of Brittany. He lures his biggest critic to the island to paint his portrait.