Steve Berry’s THE JEFFERSON KEY Releasing in May

Steve Berry just announced some big news on his website: the release date for the latest installment in the Cotton Malone series has been bumped up to May. Originally scheduled for November, The Jefferson Key will be now in bookstores on May 17th. No reason was given for the shift in publication date, but it’s certainly good news for eager fans.

In The Jefferson Key, Cotton Malone returns home for his first adventure in the US. Berry recently stated in an interview that the book “deals with a clause in the U.S. Constitution that I daresay 99 percent of all Americans have no idea is there. It will be a shock.”

While The Jefferson Key is coming earlier than expected, fans should note that Cotton Malone will be taking 2012 off. Berry’s next book after The Jefferson Key, releasing in 2012, will be a standalone novel. Cotton Malone will return in 2013.

UPDATE 3/21/2011: Read chapter 1 of The Jefferson Key here

Synopsis of The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry:

Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone has hunted priceless treasures and confronted ruthless adversaries around the world. Now, a grave threat to the very foundation of our country has summoned him home to America.

When a bold assassination attempt is made against U.S. president Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing-only to find himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution.

In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt race across the nation and take to the high seas. Along the way they break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves-one squarely rooted within the United States Constitution and powerful enough to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.

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