81°

Topics

Boynton Beach
Mike McGrady dies at 78; journalist behind sexy bestselling hoax
Mike McGrady dies at 78; journalist behind sexy bestselling hoax

In the summer of 1966, Newsday columnist Mike McGrady threw down the gauntlet to a trusted coterie of fellow journalists: Produce a novel so poorly written and relentlessly focused on sex that it would fly off bookstore shelves. Two dozen colleagues, including past and future Pulitzer Prize winners, accepted the challenge.Hoping to rival Jacqueline Susann and Harold Robbins, the reigning masters of the steamy potboiler, McGrady and his collaborators hid behind the pseudonym Penelope Ashe and in 1969 published "Naked Came the Stranger," about a housewife who seeks revenge on her cheating husband by bedding as many men as possible.The book sold moderately well – about 20,000 copies – until...

Loading