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The Lost Symbol is a 2009 novel written by American writer Dan Brown.

[2][3] It is a thriller set


in Washington, D.C., after the events of The Da Vinci Code, and relies on Freemasonry for both its
recurring theme and its major characters.[4]

Released on September 15, 2009, it is the third Brown novel to involve the character of Harvard
University symbologist Robert Langdon, following 2000's Angels & Demons and 2003's The Da Vinci
Code.[2] It had a first printing of 6.5 million (5 million in North America, 1.5 million in the UK), the
largest in Doubleday history. On its first day the book sold one million in hardcover and e-book
versions in the U.S., the UK and Canada, making it the fastest selling adult novel in history.[5] It was
number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction[6] for the first six weeks of its
release,[7] and remained on the list for 29 weeks. As of January 2013, there were 30 million copies in
print worldwide.[8]