Robert Langdon #02: The Da Vinci Code

Robert Langdon #02: The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
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h198 x 127mm - 592pg
28/08/2009 UK
Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre, Jacques Sauniere, has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci - and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history. Langdon suspects the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion - a centuries old secret society - and has sacrificed his life to protect the Priory's most sacred trust: the location of a vastly important religious relic hidden for centuries. But it now appears that Opus Dei, a clandestinesect that has long plotted to seize the Prirory's secret, has now made its move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, the Priory's secret - and a stunning historical truth - will be lost forever... Breaking the mould of traditional suspense novels, The Da Vinci Code is simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail. From the opening pages to the unpredictable and stunning conclusion, Dan Brown proves himself to be a master storyteller.
Ciphers, codes, secret societies, ancient cults, clandestine sects, religious artefacts and a labyrinthine plot are Dan Brown's currency in his new thriller. Robert Langdon, a world-renowned professor of symbology, is in Paris to give a lecture when he becomes embroiled in an arcane murder - with all the evidence pointing to him as the culprit. But this 'evidence' turns out to be a coded plea to cryptologist Sophie Neveu, who plucks Langdon out of the clutches of the gendarmes and, with his help, sets out to solve a puzzle which leads them inexorably back to the works of Da Vinci. Anyone who's a fan of the likes of Araurcaria, et al, will be drawn into this well written, artfully tangled web of mystery and intrigue.
Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol and Inferno. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he has taught English and creative writing. He lives in New England.