Do you want to live forever? Al-Idrisi, whose colorful resume included stints as the librarian of Baghdad and royal geographer to King Roger II of Sicily in the twelfth century, certainly did. He may have managed it, for a peculiar array of objects from his alchemical collection winds up in the hands of international smugglers, men determined to exploit the secret of al-Idrisi's long life. These objects, although there are no books among them, are all that remain of al-Idrisi's phenomenal library.
Paul Tomm, a journalist working on his first newspaper in a small Connecticut town, is assigned an obituary. All he has to do is wr