Stephan Lee
July 06, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rielle Hunter’s new memoir, What Really Happened — which recounts her sordid affair with former presidential candidate John Edwards (inset) and dares to malign his late wife, Elizabeth — met with an outpouring of media hatred and scored a dismal 1.5 stars on Amazon. Sales numbers are not yet available, but it certainly seems to have bombed for Dallas-based boutique publisher BenBella Books. No wonder the Big Six publishers are becoming more reluctant to give book deals to divisive public figures. ”You need to ask, ‘Where is the court of public opinion on this?”’ says one prominent memoir editor. ”People vote at the bookstore.”

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