THE third manuscript by octogenarian Harper Lee is a fast-paced thriller about a heist on the Chinese stock exchange, it has emerged.
Shenzhen Solitaire follows a gang’s attempt to make ¥254 billion by stealing seventeen seconds of business on the SZSE using stolen US Treasury bitcoins and the best hacker in the world.
Lee’s lawyer Eleanor Shaw said: “This third book, improbably found in an umbrella stand, teams a former Israeli commando, a tough but beautiful Japanese mathematician and Danish computer genius Lars Nielsen for the sting of a lifetime.
“The lengthy, explicit sex scenes, the reams of exposition about how computerised money markets function and the gun battle at the airport are all new territory, but Miss Lee felt she’d done all she could with the whole small town racism thing.”
Written in 1966, the book is set in the present day with all technological and cultural developments accurately predicted using simple Southern good sense and extrapolation.
Further Lee manuscripts found used as insulation and in the pocket of an old coat include self-help book KillIing The Mockingbird Within, Safe Bondage for Alabama Lovers and a Star Wars Extended Universe novel set in the Old Republic era.