Title: The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
The story focused on Freemasonry and took place in Washington, D.C. Robert Langdon was called in to give a lecture in National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol, apparently due to invitation from his mentor, a 33rd degree Mason named Peter Solomon, and the head of the Smithsonian Institution.
When Langdon arrived at the Capitol, instead of an audience for his lecture, he found the severed right hand of Peter Solomon tattooed into a symbolic Hand of the Mysteries, and pointing straight upwards to the fresco The Apotheosis of Washington on the inside of the Capitol dome. Solomon was kidnapped by the villain Mal'akh, who demanded Langdon to unlock the Ancient Mysteries in return for Solomon's life.
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