Dan Brown Has New Novel Coming in May

Brown-esque stunt helps launch 'Inferno' publicity blitz

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 15, 2013 11:43 AM CST

(Newser) Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is bringing back fictional code-breaker Robert Langdon in a new novel in May. Inferno will center on Dante, taking its name from the first part of his 14th-century work, The Divine Comedy. Brown and Doubleday announced the title today in a social media stunt done with the Today show—as people tweeted or posted about it on Facebook, a mosaic filled in revealing the title. It worked so well, the servers supporting the mosaic crashed temporarily, notes the Wall Street Journal.

“Although I studied Dante’s Inferno in high school, 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 in a statement. “With this new novel, I am excited to take readers deep into this mysterious realm…a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways.”

Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, waves as he appears on Italian state TV in 2009.
Dan Brown, author of "The Da Vinci Code," waves as he appears on Italian state TV in 2009.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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