'The Lost Symbol': 'Da Vinci Code' Author Dan Brown's First Novel in 6 Years

Dan Brown's latest, "The Lost Symbol," is another Robert Langdon thriller.
Dan Brown's latest, "The Lost Symbol," is another Robert Langdon thriller. (By Francois Mori -- Associated Press)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

NEW YORK, April 20 -- At last, a new Dan Brown novel is coming.

Six years after the release of his mega-selling "The Da Vinci Code," the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced that Brown's "The Lost Symbol," a thriller set during a 12-hour period and featuring "Da Vinci Code" symbolist Robert Langdon, will come out in September.

"This novel has been a strange and wonderful journey," Brown said in a statement issued Monday by his publisher. "Weaving five years of research into the story's twelve-hour time frame was an exhilarating challenge. Robert Langdon's life clearly moves a lot faster than mine."

The first printing will be 5 million copies, a modest number considering that "The Da Vinci Code" has sold more than 80 million worldwide and inspired a spinoff community of travel books, diet books, parodies and religious works.

A film version, starring Tom Hanks, came out in 2006 and made more than $700 million worldwide at the box office. Hanks will again be seen as Langdon when the adaptation of Brown's "Angels & Demons" debuts in May.

Brown, 44, had kept his readers and the struggling book industry in suspense as year after year passed without a new novel. As far back as 2004, Doubleday had hinted that a follow-up was coming, tentatively titled "The Solomon Key" and widely believed to be about Freemasons in Washington. (Brown has been spotted over the years in the capital, researching Masonic temples.) Monday's announcement did not say where the story is set or who it will be about, and Doubleday spokeswoman Suzanne Herz declined to offer further information.

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