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

(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.”

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Jan 16, 2013 7:03 PM CST
Coming to a theater near you!
Jan 15, 2013 2:42 PM CST
I hope he used a ghost writer. Because really he is horrible.