The most controversial book series of our time just can't catch a break from scandal, after the manuscript of E. L. James' latest installment in her salacious series was stolen ahead of its official release.
A copy of the fourth novel, titled 'Grey,' went missing from Random House publishers on Monday, with police fearing the unidentified thief plans to leak the erotica online. While this might be good news for avid readers who just can't wait to get their hands on James' latest filthy fantasies, sales will surely suffer if all the raunchy 'good' bits are posted on the internet for all to see.
Still, after selling more than 125 million copies worldwide it's not like she's desperate for the money.
Kent Police have launched an official investigation, though when they find the perpetrator it seems unlikely they'll dole out Christian's very particular form of 'punishment.'
James said she wrote the new book after "thousands of readers" had begged her to tell the story from Christian's perspective. The best-selling author provided some compelling insight into why readers might be drawn to the lustful billionaire:
"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."
I find it hard to argue with that.
Grey will be (officially) published on 18 June - Christian Grey's birthday.