HYPE

Lost Symbol's Secrets Revealed

Last week, Amazon's Jeff Bezos said his company was keeping its copies of Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, "under 24-hour guard in its own chain-link enclosure," before the book's Tuesday release, and others hyping the book (like Matt Lauer) promised not to divulge too much about its top-secret storyline. But somehow The New York Times procured a copy, and on Sunday revealed The Lost Symbol's moments of heart-pounding symbol-interpreting action in such surprising locales as…the U.S. Capitol building. After Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, good ol' Robert Langdon is back. Also making an appearance: a severed hand, a giant squid, and a muscular bad guy who has castrated himself. The biggest revelation? Brown “[brings] sexy back to a genre that had been left for dead.”