One public library found a bestseller packing a little extra literary firepower than usual - when an employee opened a donated book to discover a gun inside.
Tucked away in a hollowed-out-space made in a novel from 1998 called 'Outerbridge Reach', the .31-calibre, single shot, A.S.M. gun with a gold and wooden handle elicited gasps from staff at the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library.
'Somebody just opened it up and said, 'Oh my,' said Porter County Public Library assistant director Phyllis Nelson to The Times of Northwest Indiana.
With hundreds of books donated each month to the library anonymously, it will be impossible for the former owner to be identified.
However, in a twist for the tale, local police did say that the gun was not reported stolen after staff had handed it in to the authorities.
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