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J.D. Salinger sues over 'Catcher' 'sequel'

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NEW YORK --  J.D. Salinger has sued an anonymous author whose new book has been described as a sequel to Salinger's famous work, "The Catcher in the Rye."

Lawyers for Salinger filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Monday.

The lawsuit seeks to force a recall of what it says is a copycat book titled "60 Years Later" by someone writing under the name John David California. It also seeks unspecified damages.

The lawsuit said the right to create a sequel to "The Catcher in the Rye" or to use the character "Holden Caulfield" belongs only to Salinger. The lawsuit says Salinger has "decidedly chosen not to exercise that right."

A message for comment left with the book's distributor was not immediately returned.