Duquesne upset with Grisham novel

January 30, 2009 11:16:46 AM PST
Officials at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh are upset that best-selling author John Grisham mentions the school in connection with a fictional gang rape in his latest novel. Grisham's "The Associate" deals with a character who attended the private Catholic college and was involved in a drunken rape scene in an off-campus apartment in 2003.

Duquesne University spokeswoman Rose Ravasio says it's unfortunate Grisham "chose to use our name and associate it with a fictional incident of this nature."

Grisham told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he chose the school because he saw it once, and has been to Pittsburgh for Steelers and Pirates games. The novel contains several other references to Pittsburgh.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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