Police looking into the alleged theft of a copy of E L James’ Grey (Arrow) have found “no evidence…to suggest that an offence has been committed”. However Penguin Random House has said it will continue to investigate.
Kent Police began investigating after receiving a report that a copy of the book, which is due out tomorrow (18th June), was found missing on 8th June.
However today the police force told The Bookseller: “Following a report that one book had been stolen after packaging was found to be damaged, there is no evidence at this stage to suggest that an offence has been committed.”
The force said it would not be taking any more action “unless further information is received”.
A spokeswoman for Penguin Random House said: “We are delighted that the book’s theft does not appear to have been for any malicious intent or financial gain. We can however confirm that we will continue our investigations into this matter and that we will be reporting any findings to Kent Police.
“We’re hugely excited to be publishing Grey by E L James tomorrow.”
Grey tells the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the point of view of Christian Grey. The book has now been released in Australia and New Zealand, with the Penguin Random House New Zealand Twitter account posting a birthday message to the fictional character.
To celebrate the book’s release here, Cornerstone is planning a launch day “stunt”, which is being kept under wraps, as well as an extensive publicity and marketing campaign.