Profile quick off the blocks with 'Inferno' guide

Profile quick off the blocks with 'Inferno' guide

Profile has announced a new book from Michael Haag exploring the background of Dan Brown’s latest novel, Inferno (Transworld).

Haag’s book, Inferno Decoded, is set for publication in June 2013, just four weeks after Inferno’s release.

The news comes only four days after Transworld announced that a new title from the bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol would be published in May. Haag has written guides to Brown’s books before, authoring the Rough Guide to the Da Vinci Code (Rough Guides) and two books for Profile on the Knights Templar, who feature in Brown’s work.

Brown’s thriller returns to the character of symbologist Robert Langdon, this time exploring a mystery in Europe based around the Commedia of medieval poet Dante (pictured).

Mark Ellingham, commissioning editor for Profile, said: “Publishing Michael Haag’s Da Vinci book was one of my most enjoyable projects at Rough Guides – he wrote a brilliant account in a matter of weeks and it literally flew off the shelves. Even better, though – a lot of people felt Michael’s accounts of the Templars, Mary Magdalene and Opus Dei made for a more interesting read than the Dan Brown thriller! I’m sure he will repeat the trick with Dan’s Dante.”

Haag said: “Robert Langdon’s harrowing quest through Dante’s underworld promises to be an exciting adventure of discovery. Florence makes a terrific setting. This is the place and Dante is the moment when the Renaissance begins. I am excited to be close on the heels of Robert Langdon again and working with Profile Books on decoding the associations, the historical characters and the symbols in Dan Brown’s new thriller.”

Inferno Decoded will be priced at £7.99 as a b-format paperback.