Writer Chris Morris says he has been told that the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Assassination of John F. Kennedy has been informed that his book, The Last Days of Kennedy: The Real Story, is a hoax.
Morris says the publisher has informed him that the book, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, has been retracted by Penguin Random House and that a new publisher has taken over the book.
“I was not notified of this by anyone at Penguin Random,” Morris told ABC News today.
“It was never brought to my attention that it was a hoax,” Morris added.
“And it wasn’t the publisher who brought this to my notice.
I was not aware of this.
And I’m sure it will be removed.”
He said the publisher said that the work was not “true and accurate.”
“And the publisher, as you know, is not supposed to tell the world the truth about books,” Morris said.
“But it does not stop them from publishing it, and they did.
And it’s a fraud.”
Morris, who co-authored the book with former U.S. Senator Dan Quayle, is in a New York City courtroom today for a hearing before Judge Joseph H. Sullivan, Jr.
Moros’ book is the first work by an author to be deemed a hoax by the Pulitzer jury.
The book, written in the late 1980s by former CIA operative and Pulitzer Prize winner, Mark Lane, claims that President Kennedy was killed in Dallas by an assassin who claimed to have information about a plot to kill the then-president-elect.
Morons book, released in 2013, has sparked a global debate about whether Kennedy was assassinated and how the assassination of the 44th president happened.
It was first published by HarperCollins, the U.K.-based publisher, and sold for $20,000.
In its first printing, the book sold for a whopping $120,000, according to Morris.
Lane, who died in 2012, wrote the book in response to a story about a New Orleans hotel where a man claimed to be a CIA operative, according a statement from the publisher.
Lanes book also was called The Book of Lies, according an Associated Press article published Saturday.
Lanley’s book claimed the CIA was planning to assassinate President John F Kennedy and said it was the responsibility of the FBI to uncover and bring down the plot.
Morales said he is in the process of getting a new book.
He also told ABC that he believes his book was never vetted by Penguin.
“The book was an immediate hoax,” he said.
“It never got a chance to be read by anyone.”ABC News’ John L. Smith, Josh A. Anderson, Julie Pace, John P. Jones and Kari G. Nix contributed to this report.