THE MEDUSA AMULET
Masello’s new novel mixes contemporary thriller and historical mystery. The storylines flow seamlessly and the pace is intense. The characters, both historical and fictional, are clearly described and motivated. The centuries-old story of the mirror is woven into the story so skillfully that it seems credible. The author brings the various Italian settings to life with his captivating descriptions.
Scholar David Franco is hired by a mysterious patron of the Newberry Library in Chicago to track down a mirror called Le Medusa that she claims once belonged to the Renaissance painter Benvenuto Cellini. The mirror is believed to hold the key to eternal life. Although Franco isn’t convinced that the fabled mirror even exists, he accepts the dangerous quest because of what it means to his career and, more importantly, his family. (BANTAM, May, 464 pp., $26.00)