"Dan Brown's enthusiasm for puzzles, codes and symbols is a passion shared by his readers. Our aim is to harness that passion and use it as a catalyst to reveal the new title," Suzanne Herz, Senior Vice President, Publishing for Doubleday, noted to Bloomberg.
According to Amazon's listing of the title, which went up shortly after the announcement was made, "In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces...Dante's Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante's dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust... before the world is irrevocably altered."
Brown hit global success with his fourth novel, The Da Vinci Code. It became a New York Times bestseller during its first week of release in 2003. Brown's books have now sold over 200 million copies, and two of them have been adapted into films (Da Vinci Codeand Angels & Demons) starring Tom Hanks as Langdon. Brown is currently helping adapt The Lost Symbol for film as well.
Though some critics are sniffy about the literary merits oF Brown's work, this will probably be another runaway success for Random House, as it prepares to merge with Penguin Books this year. Random House acquired theFifty Shades of Grey series last year and made so much money off the genre fiction bestseller that the company gave every employee a 5000 dollar bonus in December.