Penguin Random House has confirmed that Kent Police are investigating the alleged theft of a finished copy of E L James’ forthcoming Fifty Shades of Grey novel Grey (Arrow).
The copy of the novel, due to be released next week, was reportedly discovered to be missing yesterday (8th June).
A spokesman for Penguin Random House said: “We can confirm that the Kent police are investigating the theft of a finished copy of EL James’s new book Grey. We will not be issuing any further statement.” A spokeswoman for Kent Police confirmed that officers were “making enquiries".
Grey tells the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the point of view of Christian Grey. James said: “Christian is a complex character and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story.”
Publication of Grey as a paperback original and e-book is to go ahead on 18th June - Christian Grey’s birthday - as planned.