Book to Shine Spotlight on Rupert Murdoch's U.K. Papers and Their Political Influence

"Dial M for Murdoch," co-written by one of the mogul's adversaries in parliament, will be published Thursday after details on title and launch date were kept secret.

LONDON - A new book that promises to describe connections between the U.K. newspapers of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and politicians and police officers here that played into the phone hacking scandal will be published on Thursday with little advance notice, The Independent reported Tuesday.

The authors are Labour Party member of parliament Tom Watson, who has been a thorn in Murdoch's side during the phone hacking investigation as the lead questioner of Rupert and James Murdoch in front of a parliamentary committee,  and The Independent writer Martin Hickman.

The publisher of Dial M for Murdoch. News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain cited concern that Murdoch papers could look to hurt the book's publication if title and launch date were not kept under tight wraps, according to the paper.

They focused their account on how the News International U.K. paper unit used political influence to cover up illegal newsgathering techniques, the paper said.

The 350-page hard cover book is published by Allen Lane, which is part of publisher Penguin. Only a select few top managers at Penguin knew details of the timing. Typesetters working on the work had to sign confidentiality agreements, the Independent said.

It added that the turnaround between delivery of the final manuscript and publication is believed  to be the shortest in Penguin's 77-year history.

"I have a hunch it will be one of the most attacked books this year," Watson predicted.

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