In September 2009, author Dan Brown published his fifth novel, 'The Lost Symbol.' Its protagonist, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, has appeared in two other of Brown’s novels. Early reports are that the thriller has much of the stuff that made 'The Da Vinci Code' a huge success.
The new novel takes place in Washington, D.C. but Brown’s other novels have tackled the Vatican’s mysteries in Rome, Paris, and London.
Slate Magazine has provided an online plot generator for those who just can’t wait for the next real book. Under the working title 'The Hallowed Glyph,' online users can input some basic information and the generator with serve up a mini-plot for instant gratification.