The latest novel by E L James, the author of Fifty shades of Grey, has been reported stolen a week before its release and police are investigating the report, said the author's British publisher Random House on June 10.
The latest in the hugely successful erotic series would still be published as scheduled on June 18, which happens to be the lead character Christian Grey's birthday, said a publicity firm representing Random House. The publisher made no further comments due to an ongoing police investigation.
Reports of the book's theft have raised fears of black marketing or plot leaks. Extracts could also be sold to the media.
While the Fifty shades trilogy told the tale of an erotic relationship between a college student, Anastasia Steele, and business tycoon Grey, from Anastasia's point of view, the new book looked at the affair from Grey's vantage points, the author had said earlier.
The trilogy was one of the most successful series in the history of publishing, with more than 125 million books sold.