`Medusa Amulet` is unconventional thriller

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 19:20 PM IST

London: Past and present blur in ‘The Medusa Amulet,’ a fascinating and unconventional new thriller from Robert Masello.

At the Newberry Library in Chicago, David Franco has successfully restored a vintage version of Dante`s ‘Inferno’ to academic acclaim.

One night after a lecture, he receives a cryptic offer: A woman named Kathryn Van Owen asks him to track down a legendary piece of art created by Benvenuto Cellini, an artist from the 16th century.

This amulet depicts the gorgon Medusa on one side and a mirror on the other. Rumours suggest it has the power to grant immortality to its owner.

Van Owen offers Franco $1 million to find La Medusa. She also offers him the opportunity to save his dying sister, who has cancer.

If the mirror does have the power to make a person live forever, then many people will want this piece of art — at any cost.

Masello expertly blends contemporary thrills with a historical spin on the life of Cellini.

A refreshing take on books like ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ ‘The Medusa Amulet’ guarantees an unpredictable and exhilarating journey. Readers will not be disappointed.

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