(From the publisher):
When a twelfth-century Sicilian burglar snatches a sack of artifacts from the court geographer's library, the tools and talismans of "transmutation" are scattered all over the world. Nine hundred years later, in a sleepy New England town, Paul Tomm, a young reporter investigating the mysterious death of a local professor, finds that someone is collecting them again.
Jumping back and forth across centuries, Jon Fasman interweaves Paul's present-day investigation with stories of characters from the past into whose hands the extraordinary relics once fell. A Genoese merchant, a Soviet engineer, a British antiquarian, an elderly Chinese father - all have found that these objects of immeasurable value attract extremely determined pursuers.
Chasing the story of a lifetime, Paul falls in love with the one person who knew the professor, and as he follows a trail of clues to the heart of an international smuggling ring that may hold the secret of eternal life, he gradually learns that the professor was not who he claimed to be - a discovery that comes with harrowing consequences.
Original title: The Geographer's Library
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Fantasy Featuring Detection