A brilliant thriller with an historical and paranormal edge from the author of Blood and Ice - perfect for lovers of The Da Vinci Code
David Franco, a talented young scholar specializing in Renaissance art and literature at the Newberry Library in Chicago, is introduced to one of the library’s main benefactors: Kathryn Van Owen. A beautiful and wealthy widow with a mysterious past, Van Owen has a sketch of a mirror created by the Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini – a mirror reputed to confer the power of immortality upon any who look into it on a moonlit night – and she is prepared to pay David a million dollars to find it for her.
If the rumours of the mirror’s powers are true David could not only pay off his dying sister’s medical bills – he could offer Sarah a chance of survival. But David will need help if he is to piece together the clues scattered through art and history to the mirror’s current location. And there are others who have heard of the mirror’s powers and will stop at nothing to find it…
In his stunning new thriller, Robert Masello blends past and present and fact and fiction to create a gripping race through history.
“A wonderful treat... He takes care to craft well-rounded characters; even subsidiary figures have interesting backgrounds and believable motivations...One last bravura flourish...proclaims Masello a master entertainer unafraid to pull out all the stops, as gifted in his own way as the Florentine artist whose biography is so beguilingly embellished in The Medusa Amulet”
“Masello chucks everything he can at the story, taking readers on a breathless history tour from the Medici dynasty to the French Revolution to the Third Reich. The result is a fast-moving caper... ”