publication date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (part of Winter 2022)

category: Literature

clue: Writers are fantasists by nature, but the window that this writer provided into his life wasn't what it seemed. Nor was his 2018 debut novel, which reached #1 on the NY Times best seller list, despite being a copy of another book and/or a copy of a Sigourney Weaver movie.

explanation: Finn's debut novel The Woman in the Window was an immediate #1 best seller in 2018, but it was accused of plagiarizing Sarah A. Denzil's 2016 book Saving April and the 1995 film Copycat. Finn's traumatic life story, widely reported in the press, also turned out to be mostly fabricated after a New Yorker investigation in 2019. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Jesse King


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