Posted on 06/11/2019 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Our post yesterday about publishers parting ways with authors was missing a big name.

Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor in 1989’s infamous Central Park rape case and now a bestselling crime author, was dropped by Dutton, the publisher confirmed Friday.

Fairstein oversaw the interrogation of the five men whose convictions were ultimately overturned decades later.

That connection has previously affected her in an undesirable way — namely, the Mystery Writers of America granted, then withdrew, a lifetime achievement award for her last year after other authors protested.

Most recently, though, the world was reminded of Fairstein’s pre-novelist years when a miniseries about the Central Park trial hit Netflix last month.

Though Fairstein has disputed the way that When They See Us depicts her, the series directed by Ava duVernay has stirred up considerable emotion and protests.

Categories: Today in Books

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