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In 1983 novelist Dimitri Gat released a mystery called "Nevsky's Demon". It was, he admitted, based on the structure of John D. McDonald's "The Dreadful Lemon Sky".
Avon (the publisher) issued a recall-and-destroy order for 60,000 copies of the book. The current WorldCat entry for the book has a note to this effect.
Despite all of this (and one wonders how one mystery can be sooo much like another as to be actionable) there are still plenty of used copies available for a couple of bucks.
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