When famous book critic Damien Ruthven sends a letter to Brice Ashton correcting some points in her biography of Lord Byron, she decides to travel to New York to visit him. He may have access to Byron's memoirs, thought destroyed.

Damien does not have the memoirs, but he does know a lot about Lord Byron. In 1816, seeking a cure for his epilepsy at the castle of Dr. Johann Dippel, Byron found a "cure" that brought him eternal life. Now living as Damien, killers are out to get him, and Brice is in danger.

Once again, Jackson uses her truly awe-inspiring imagination to tell a story that's fascinated from beginning to end. Not only does she create wonderful fictitious characters, she inspires readers to check out the history of the real people mentioned. Hopefully, there will be more stories about Dr. Dippel's other "experiments." (Feb., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley