Tuesday 20 March 2018

A decade on from the Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown tries to crack bestsellers lists again

Chris Michaud

‘DA Vinci Code’ author Dan Brown's new novel will be published in May, publisher Doubleday announced after a social media puzzle revealed its title.

"Inferno" features the return of “Da Vinci Code” hero Robert Langdon, and is set in Italy, focusing on the "Dante's Inferno," Doubleday said. It will have a first printing of four million copies.

"Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said.

Brown's religion-themed mystery novel "The Da Vinci Code," riddled with codes, keys, conspiracies and other puzzles, was published in 2003 and was made into a hit film starring Tom Hanks. It spent more than a year atop the New York Times bestseller list.

"The Lost Symbol," his next book, followed in 2009.

In keeping with Brown's love of puzzles, the book's title was revealed on his website as fans and others posted items on social media which linked to a mosaic on the site. As posts were made, pieces of the mosaic were revealed, eventually uncovering the title.

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