Simon & Schuster has dropped plans to publish "Just Killing Time" because the manuscript was submitted with fake endorsements from authors John le Carre and Joseph Wambaugh.
The decision, announced Thursday, came two weeks after the publisher pledged $920,000 at auction for the right to publish the novel by Derek V. Goodwin - one of the highest advances ever for a first novel."We must be able to rely on the validity of what is submitted to us," said Charles Hayward of Simon & Schuster. No contract was signed, and no advance paid, he said.
Goodwin's agent, Peter Lampack, said Goodwin "maintains his innocence with respect to the fraudulent quotes and will be seeking another publisher for his work."