BESTSELLING author Dan Brown unleashed his latest page-turner yesterday, as eager fans made Inferno an instant chart-topper.
The writer, whose sales have exceeded 200 million with his previous novels, has published his latest thriller starring Harvard professor Robert Langdon.
But despite strong sales, his new adventure has once again come under fire for his literary abilities, with one reviewer calling it his worst book yet.
Brown’s new work sees Langdon in a number of Italian cities, and other European locations, as he tries to stop the spread of a deadly virus. It managed to top the Amazon book sales chart on the strength of its pre-orders, which were 24 per cent higher than those for his previous book, The Lost Symbol, which was published in 2009.
Many had bought digital versions of the book, which were delivered to e-readers such as Kindles at midnight when the book officially went on sale.
The Waterstones store in Piccadilly, London, opened at 8am yesterday with fans queuing to get hold of their copy.
Amazon said interest in the new book has had a knock-on effect for Brown’s back catalogue, with sales for his books rising by 340 per cent year on year as anticipation has grown.
The audiobook version of Inferno – which takes themes from Dante’s Divine Comedy – also topped the iTunes audiobook chart for a version that weighs in at more than 17 hours.