Copy of ‘Grey’ se­quel is stolen

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR -

A copy of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” se­quel has been stolen, about one week be­fore pub­li­ca­tion day, pub­lisher Pen­guin Ran­dom House said Wed­nes­day.

The pub­lisher said Kent Po­lice in south­ern Eng­land are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft of a fin­ished copy of E.L. James’ new book, “Grey.” It said it could not com­ment fur­ther be­cause a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.

Kent Po­lice con­firmed that “of­fi­cers are mak­ing in- quiries af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port that a book had been stolen” on Mon­day.

The erotic “Fifty Shades” tril­ogy has sold more than 125 mil­lion copies, and a movie re­leased this year has grossed more than $500 mil­lion world­wide. The first three books fol­lowed the ro­mance be­tween S&M-lov­ing young bil­lion­aire Chris­tian Grey and col­lege stu­dent Anas­ta­sia Steele.

“Grey,” the fourth in the se­ries, tells the story from Chris­tian’s point of view.

Pen­guin Ran­dom House said “Grey” would be pub­lished as planned on June 18.

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