'Da Vinci Code' Rival Releases New BookSigh.
By RICHARD N. OSTLING
The Associated Press
Monday, March 27, 2006; 5:19 PM
-- "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown and his courtroom nemesis, Michael Baigent, now have a new rivalry _ on the best-seller lists.
Brown's novel goes on sale in paperback Tuesday with an advance printing of 5 million copies, the same day that HarperSanFrancisco is issuing "The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History" by Baigent, with an initial hardcover print run of a much more modest 150,000.
UPDATE: MSNBC has an excerpt of Baigent's book.
He turned over all those photographs without keeping copies for himself.
He neglected to get a receipt.
And he doesn't give the names of any of the British Museum "experts."