Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol
This was a certainty from the day the book was announced. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown's first book since the record-breaking The DaVinci Code, broke all conceivable sales records itself by selling over one million books on its first day, and two million in its first week. Brown's brilliant symbologist Robert Langdon is back again, and this time he's back home in the States. When he finds the severed hand of his friend Peter Solomon--head of the Smithsonian and a senior Freemason--waiting for him in D.C., Langdon and Peter's sister Katherine begin a breathtaking race around the capital to solve an ancient puzzle and rescue Solomon. The magnificent architecture of Washington, D.C. serves as the backdrop for Brown's twisting story, which delves into the dense and fascinating history of the Freemasons, who were intricately linked to the founding of this country. Brown scores with another engrossing, enlightening and fast-paced book that you just can't put down. Literally!