Remember Dan Brown, the guy who wrote that book about the mysterious murder of a Louvre curator?
Well he's back again, hopefully, and pinning his hopes on the next megaseller. Brown's long overdue follow-up, originally tipped for publication by Doubleday in 2005, will not slide in under anyone's radar.
With Harry Potter in retirement, the next book by Dan Brown is threatening to become the publishing world's own Holy Grail, both in anticipation of its potentially magical commercial powers and the fact that, for the moment at least, no one but the author himself seems certain when it might materialize.
Brown's U.S. publisher indicated in one press report that the book, which is said to probe the shadowy reaches of the protectively secretive Masonic brotherhood, is nearing completion, heightening anticipation it might hit stores sometime this year. There is even speculation Brown has a specific date in mind, possibly one linked to an anniversary of a Masonic milestone.
Brown is under a LOT of pressure because if the new novel is not as HUGE as the last one was - then there can often be a huge let down if the next book does not live up to the hype.