Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Has 'Lost' Book Author Been Found? - New York Times: "Laurence Shames, a writer known for such crime novels as 'The Naked Detective' and 'Welcome to Paradise,' would not confirm or deny yesterday a report in Daily Variety that he is also the author of 'Bad Twin,' a novel published under the name of Gary Troup, a character from ABC's hit drama series 'Lost.' 'Gary Troup wrote the book,' Mr. Shames said in a telephone interview from his home in Southern California. 'It is interesting how closely his prose style resembles mine. He sets a lot of the story in places I've been.' Mr. Shames, who has written eight novels, all set in the Florida Keys, also noted that the town where he lives 'bears a striking resemblance' to a little town called Luna in 'Bad Twin.' The real author of the book has been a source of speculation for weeks among fans of 'Lost,' which is set on a mysterious Pacific island where bad things keep happening. Mr. Shames said that he had never talked with anyone at Daily Variety but that the article about his 'outing' had sparked speculative e-mail messages comparing his style to Troup's. And just for the record, Mr. Shames calls 'Bad Twin' an 'excellent' book that 'everyone should read.' "
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