The book in question, Cop Without A Badge, claims housewife Danielle Staub was, among other things, a stripper with a massive cocaine habit and an accessory to a kidnapping/beating. Staub's fellow housewives tracked down the lurid tale and used it as fodder against their friend.
The first edition of Cop Without A Badge was published by Carroll and Graf in 1995 and is long out of print. Before the Real Housewives exposure, the book could be had for a nickel at a dime store, but now used copies are fetching upwards of $200.00. And, mark my words, whoever has the rights to the book now is scrambling to get it back in print.
Had the book been readily available, it surely would have shot up the rankings and sold hundreds -- if not thousands -- of copies.
What does this say about the current status of book buying in America?