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NEW The Big Book of the season is Inferno by Dan Brown. Remember his hugely successful Da Vinci Code? Of course you do!

Inferno takes readers deep into the heart of Italy ... guiding them through a landscape inspired by one of history’s most ominous literary classics.

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last thirty-six hours, including how he got there … or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.

Langdon’s world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist – a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written – Dante Alighieri’s dark epic poem The Inferno.

Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets, as well as a terrifying scientific paradigm that will be used to vastly improve the quality of life on earth … or to devastate it.

Inferno is bound to do for Florence what the Da Vinci Code did for Paris – everyone on the plane will be reading it and following Langdon’s trail. You might even be inspired to pull out Dante’s Inferno again this summer for a little light dock reading…..

Also new this week – John LeCarre returns with A Delicate Truth. At the top of his form, still very active and writing every day this new novel tells of a counter-terrorist operation, code-named Wildlife, being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. It’s purpose to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer.

New in Paperback Thirst by Shree Ghatage. Look back in our reviews to find the review of this novel posted last August. A captivating story by a very lovely writer.

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