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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Disgraced top cop fails to sell memoirs

This morning's Dominion Post of Wellington reports that the memoirs of former police assistant commissioner, Clint Rickards, have been rejected by leading publishers here.

Mr Rickards resigned from the force earlier this year in the face of internal disciplinary action. This was after a high profile case in which he, with two ex-policemen, Brad Shipton and Bob Schollum, were accused of historic police crimes, in which they had sexually subjugated Louise Nicholas, a teenager at the time of the alleged offences.

Nicola Leggat, publishing director of Random House, said it was inappropriate for them to consider Mr Rickards' proposal, as they have already published an account by the complainant, Louise Nicholas.

Publishing director of Penguin, Geoff Walker, simply said that they had been approached, but would not be publishing the book.

Kate Stone, managing editor of HarperCollins, said "it wasn't something we wanted to follow up with. We felt it didn't fit our list at the moment."

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