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Publisher: Copy of upcoming 'Fifty Shades' novel stolen

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/10/2015

This image provided by Vintage Books shows the cover of the new book, "Grey," the fourth novel in E L James' multimillion-selling “Fifty Shades of Grey” erotic series. Told from the point of view of billionaire Christian Grey, whose explicit romance with young Anastasia Steele became an international obsession, the book is scheduled to be released June 18, 2015. (Vintage Books via AP) © The Associated Press This image provided by Vintage Books shows the cover of the new book, "Grey," the fourth novel in E L James' multimillion-selling “Fifty Shades of Grey” erotic series. Told from the point of view of billionaire Christian Grey, whose explicit romance with young Anastasia Steele became an international obsession, the book is scheduled to be released June 18, 2015. (Vintage Books via AP) LONDON — Publisher Penguin Random House says a copy of the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel has been stolen, just over a week before publication day.

Penguin Random House said Wednesday that Kent Police in southern England are investigating the theft of a finished copy of E.L. James' new book, "Grey." The publisher said it could not comment further because a police investigation is underway.

Kent Police confirmed that "officers are making inquiries after receiving a report that a book had been stolen" on Monday.

The book retells the erotic adventures of the millions-selling "Fifty Shades" trilogy from the point of view of S&M-loving billionaire Christian Grey.

Penguin Random House said "Grey" would be published as planned on June 18, Christian Grey's birthday.

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