Faster than speeding bullets, more competitive than ladies’ figure skating, and able to beat TV-movie versions by at least six months: It’s the quickie-book biz. Recently, instant tomes on the Menendez brothers, Nancy Kerrigan, and Tonya Harding have hit bookstores. Below, we compare them all and tell you which ones have triumphed in the race to the shelves.
The Menendez Brothers
Title: Bad Blood: The Shocking True Story Behind the Menendez Killings by Don Davis Scandal-to-Shelf Time: 1 1/2-2 1/2 weeks (from the end of the trial on Jan. 25). Manuscript completed Jan. 28; book arrives in some stores Feb. 3. First Printing: 250,000 Sleazy or Pleasing? Strictly sleazy.
Title: Blood Brothers: The Inside Story of the Menendez Brothers by Ron Soble and John Johnson Scandal-to-Shelf Time: 3 weeks. Manuscript completed on Feb. 8; book arrives in stores Feb. 14. First Printing: Publisher won’t say. Sleazy or Pleasing? It manages to be both, in spite of itself.
Title: Dreams of Gold: The Nancy Kerrigan Story by Wayne Coffey and Filip Bondy Scandal-to-Shelf Time: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 weeks (from Jan 6, the day of the attack on Kerrigan). Manuscript is completed Jan. 28; book arrives in stores on Feb. 3. First Printing: 250,000 Sleazy or Pleasing? Slightly sleazy
Title: The Kerrigan Courage: Nancy’s Story by Randi Reisfeld Scandal-to-Shelf Time: 4 weeks. Manuscript completed Jan. 31; book arrives in stores in Feb. 7. First Printing: 350,000. Sleazy or Pleasing?: Neither. More like freezing — this is incredibly dull stuff.
Title: Fire on Ice: The Exclusive Inside Story of Tonya Harding by Abby Haight and J.E. Vader. Scandal-to-Shelf Time: 5 weeks. Manuscript completed Feb. 6; book arrives in stores Feb. 14. First Printing: 225,000. Sleazy or Pleasing? Sleaze city, but redeemed by a few revelations.
Title: Thin Ice: The Complete, Uncensored Story of Tonya Harding by Frank Coffey and Joe Leyden Scandal-to-Shelf-Time: 5 weeks. Manuscript completed Jan. 28; book hits stores Feb. 14. First Printing: Publisher won’t say. Sleazy or Pleasing? Sleazy, but nothing here you haven’t already heard.