FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Book piracy is on the rise – publishers are getting worried their books will be next!
At approximately 11 AM (PST) author Christopher Miller (the balder half of the infamous Miller Brothers team) received an unexpected and disturbing phone call from his publisher Warner Press. The news was not good. Apparently, the first shipment of the long awaited novel, Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow (written by Chris and his brother) arrived as scheduled to an undisclosed top secret Warner warehouse earlier this morning. However, within moments of the delivery, a disembodied hand emerged on the scene and swiped the very first copy of the highly anticipated book.
“When I first heard the news, I was stunned,” Miller exclaimed. “I mean, I had heard there were a lot of people eager to get their hands on this book, but this is ridiculous!”
Photo evidence emerged shortly thereafter from the facility’s security cameras confirming the incident and catching the criminal red handed (so to speak). Authorities on the scene were unable to apprehend the suspect before he/she/or…it slipped through their fingers taking the coveted first copy away.
Eyewitnesses on the scene were both shocked and outraged. “Whoever did this should be ashamed of themselves!” said one man who wished to remain unidentified. “Hands should have bodies…that’s just the way it should be!”
Another woman, who was visibly shaken by the episode had this to say. “It’s just wrong…and gross…and I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I mean, the thought of a hand just appearing out of nowhere, when you least expect it is…well…freaky.”
One has to wonder what devious purpose does a disembodied hand have in stealing a book? After all, it has no head or eyes and will probably not be able to read it. The irony of the situation is astounding especially considering that the book is expected to be released for FREE online in its entirety as early as 8/8/08 (the official launch date of the book). You can also pre-order the book legally and have it shipped to your home when it is officially released.
So, while the motive remains unclear and the criminal remains at large (or small) we are asking for your help. If you recognize this hand or have any tips as to the whereabouts of the perpetrator we would appreciate hearing from you.
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