Dan Brown–he of the stripped-down prose and the labyrinthine conspiracies–has a new novel coming out in September with the rather bland title of The Lost Symbol. The action of the novel takes place at an undisclosed location and takes only 12 hours of story time to resolve itself–and, no doubt, less time to read from cover to cover.
With this novel Brown not only has to contend with The Da Vinci Code, but with plenty of other imitators who have encroached upon Brown’s territory of conspiracy thrillers meticulously constructed out of historical material. If you didn’t already read Jonathan Rabb’s Rosa while waiting for Brown to produce his next novel, then do so now. Then read Shadow and Light, the lesser follow-up to Rosa but still better than anything Brown has written so far.