The book industry is counting on Brown’s new novel, ‘Inferno.’ Only J.K. Rowling among contemporary novelists has had the kind of success he has over the past decade. Here’s a look at Brown’s journey.
The Da Vinci Code The book seemed to come out of nowhere. A page-turning novel featuring a Harvard professor and the daughter of an art curator involved chase scenes, Renaissance art, Masonic codes, the Roman Catholic Church and a startling premise involving Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The writer? An amiable graduate of Philips Exeter Academy and onetime prep school Spanish teacher with a fascination for puzzles. Theologians thundered; critics gave the book mixed reviews; audiences couldn’t wait for a sequel. TIM BOYD/ASSOCIATED PRESS Buy Photo