For the second time in a week, the NY Times has broken an embargo placed on a hotly-anticipated novel. Last night Janet Maslin published her review of “The Lost Symbol” on the site, breaking Random House’s embargo deadline of September 15, 12:01 AM.
In reviewing the novel, the critic somehow managed to evade 24-hour guards and closed-circuit television systems used to protect book’s embargo around the world. Last week the newspaper broke an embargo of Ted Kennedy’s memoir, prompting Hachette to hire a private detective. On a somewhat related note, this is your last chance to contribute a catchphrase to GalleyCat’s Nickname Dan Brown’s Release Date post.
Here’s a juicy excerpt from the review, which GalleyCat hopes was obtained through a daring Mission Impossible-style midnight raid: “‘The Lost Symbol’ manages to take a twisting, turning route through many such aspects of the occult even as it heads for a final secret that is surprising for a strange reason: It’s unsurprising.”