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When Brown regular Robert Langdon is called in to investigate the murder of a curator at the Louvre, he discovers that the body is surrounded by strange ciphers evidently linked to the paintings of Da Vinci-and a powerful relic protected by the Priory, a secret society to which the artist belonged. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons)is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book. The two find several puzzling codes at the murder scene, all of which form a treasure map to the fabled Holy Grail. As their search moves from France to England, Neveu and Langdon are confounded by two mysterious groups-the legendary Priory of Sion, a nearly 1,000-year-old secret society whose members have included Botticelli and Isaac Newton, and the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei. Both have their own reasons for wanting to ensure that the Grail isn't found. Brown sometimes ladles out too much religious history at the expense of pacing, and Langdon is a hero in desperate need of more chutzpah. Still, Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts. (Mar. 18) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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" Read the book and be enlightened." -- "The Washington Post Book World"
" Blockbuster perfection. . . . A gleefully erudite suspense novel." -- "The New York Times"
" A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure." -- "People"
" Thriller writing doesn' t get any better than this." -- "The Denver Post"

"From the Trade Paperback edition."


& quot; Read the book and be enlightened.& quot; -- The Washington Post Book World
" Blockbuster perfection. . . . A gleefully erudite suspense novel. " -- The New York Times
" A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure. " -- People
" Thriller writing doesn ' t get any better than this. " -- The Denver Post

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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