Journalism Professor Drives Up the Value of His Book

Joe Sharkey's Above Suspicion no longer can be had for a penny.

AboveSuspicionCoverThey’re finally making a movie based on Joe Sharkey’s 1992 non-fiction book Above Suspicion. The film, currently shooting in Kentucky, stars Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as an FBI agent and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as the woman who becomes his mistress.

Author Sharkey, formerly a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal, Albany Times-Union and Philadelphia Inquirer, is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he is teaching a summer course in beginning reporting. His wife Nancy is a professor of journalism practice at the same school.

In a recent piece by the school’s program director for outreach Mike Chesnick, Sharkey related an interesting wrinkle connected to all this belated activity:

Sharkey, who bought back the book’s rights a while ago, expects an updated printing to be released before the movie hits theaters – possibly later next year. In recent years, Sharkey bought as many copies of the book that he could find on Amazon.

“You could get them for a penny,” he said. “Not anymore.” The price for the original hardback now ranges from $36 to $67 on Amazon.

Sharkey has three other non-fiction books in various phases of movie development, most notably Lady Gold, his 1998 account of a female NYPD detective who went undercover to investigate the Gambino family. The project is reputedly being eyed at Paramount Pictures as a potential Mel Gibson directing effort.

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