Did Doubleday contact Frey? If they did ask him if there was anything there and he lied to them, then [his deception] is even worse.

It would mean entering into a deal with complete suspicion and skepticism. This is more than a business. A book deal is a complicated transaction that's got a lot of psychological and emotional content to it.

That's more than the type-setting, copy editing and proof reading cost combined - and it's just not viable.

We have to make sure we are going into business with people we can trust, we have to look at their CVs, look to their agents, and ask a lot of questions. But publishers would have to be more willing to sue.