What is the price of immortality? In Key to Eternity, book two of the Epiphany series, psychic Epiphany Mayall and art crimes investigator Maro Gaido find out when they try to keep an ancient ceramic tablet with a potentially monumental secret from falling into the hands of a corrupt art collector. As they follow the artifact’s trail from Baghdad to Miami to Geneva, they also find out they aren’t the only ones who are determined to locate the prize.
Through a combination of her psychic abilities and the technological resources of PI Maro Gaido and the FBI’s art crimes division, they zero in on the mysterious conspirators who people the shady global underworld of the arts and antiquities black market. Can they find the Gilgamesh tablet with its map to the “flower of immortality,” or will the treasure disappear forever into the private vault of a billionaire art thief?
Praise for Key to Eternity
Key to Eternity, book two of the Imaginative and evocative, Key to Eternity sees the return of Psychic detective Epiphany Mayall with O’Connor delivering a vibrant mix of Sumerian history, myth and metaphors that coalesce into a compelling read.—Booktrib review
“An interesting cross between a Dan Brown thriller and an environmental call to arms . . . a fascinating crossover between paranormal and eco-friendly fiction.”––Self-Publishing Review
“An enjoyably multilayered blending of supernatural fiction and art heist thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
An enjoyably multilayered blending of supernatural fiction and art heist thriller.
A psychic and a special agent team up to solve an art theft mystery in a thriller with dark supernatural overtones.
Private investigator Maro Gaido, the brooding, sullen ex–FBI agent who’s one of the two stars of the latest novel from O’Connor (Epiphany’s Gift, 2019), is obsessed with tracking down and retrieving the thousands of priceless artifacts looted from the Baghdad Museum during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. In his capacity as a PI assigned to the FBI’s art theft team, Gaido has hunted thieves and identified buyers all over the world, aided by his fluency in Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Farsi. But as the novel opens, he feels he’s reached a dead end and devises a last-ditch tactic: He contacts Epiphany Mayall, a former colleague (and maybe something more) who works as a psychic medium in Watoolahatchee, Florida, whose “small Spiritualist community” bills itself as the “Psychic Capital of the World.” The contact seems more than coincidental: Just recently, Mayall had highly detailed dreams that she realized were visions of the looting of the Baghdad Museum. She hadn’t known what to make of the dreams, and her consultation with her spirit guide suggested that Gaido might be involved. Mayall is at times ambivalent about her own psychic abilities: “Sometimes she just wanted it all to go away—for the voices to fall silent, the images [to] fade to black. To stop being a conduit between the living and the dead.” But she agrees to help Gaido in an investigation that soon involves the thoroughly evil and nihilistic energy company CEO Derrick Rarian, who has motives of his own for recovering certain looted artifacts—motives that have much more to do with Mayall’s supernatural realm than Gaido’s world of the black market for art. O’Connor handles the nuances of their relationship with a pleasing combination of humor and maturity, and this is also true for the dynamic of Mayall’s extended family. The book’s thriller elements are somewhat predictable, but the writing throughout is clear and energetic.