Lawyers for the famously reclusive author JD Salinger are considering legal action to block an unauthorized sequel to his classic The Catcher in the Rye, reports the Telegraph. The new novel, by a Swedish-American named John David California, is titled 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. It follows the Holden Caulfield-esque wanderings of Mr. C, a 76-year-old man who has escaped from a nursing home.
Salinger has sued to successfully block the inclusion of his letters in a 1988 biography. While California's publishers remain confident they will be allowed to proceed, many are wondering if the book and its mysterious new publisher, Windupbird Publishing, are part of a stunt. Between the author's strange name and initials and his April 1 birthday, the novel has the makings of a hoax. But California insists he is the real deal.