'Fifty Shades' Book Sequel Stolen Ahead of Release

Courtesy of Vintage

U.K. police are investigating the theft of a finished copy of EL James' upcoming novel 'Grey.'

Mr. Grey may well be seeing you earlier than expected.

Publisher Random House has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a finished copy of GreyEL James' upcoming sequel to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, has been stolen, and U.K. police are investigating the theft.

Due out in just over a week, Grey retells the erotic story from the original trilogy, but this time from the viewpoint of its S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey. Following the theft, there are fears that the novel could be leaked or sold to the media.

"Officers are making enquiries after receiving a report that a book had been stolen on 8 June," said Kent Police in a statement to THR.

“Grey will be published on June 18 — Christian Grey’s birthday — as planned,” a Random House spokesperson added.

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