Brown, Dan. Inferno. Doubleday. May 2013. 480p. ISBN 9780385537858. $29.95; ebk. 9780385537865. F
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Angels and Demons; The Da Vinci Code; The Lost Symbol) returns in another thriller that invokes history, architecture, science, and conspiracy. Langdon wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the last two days. He’s surprised to find himself in Florence, Italy, and even more shocked to discover that someone is out to kill him for something he knows. The doctor treating him helps him escape from an assassin, and the chase is on. Can he follow clues that tie in to Dante’s epic masterpiece The Divine Comedy, and stop a plot destined to change the world forever? VERDICT Brown delivers an amazing and intense read that arguably is the best Langdon thriller to date. Everything a reader expects from Brown is here plus he delivers a well-written thriller with jaw dropping twists as well. A high demand for the works of Dante plus a surge in Italian tourism is sure to follow. The king of the historical thriller is back, and this will easily dominate the best-seller lists for quite some time. [See Prepub Alert, 1/15/13.]—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.