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Court TV: Book It

Court TV and HarperCollins Publishers will team up on three true-crime books, the network said Thursday.

Each book will be written by a Court TV reporter, and the forewords for all three will be written by Emmy Award-wining journalist and Court TV anchor Catherine Crier. ( senior correspondent Harriet Ryan will investigate the killing of Jamie Penich, an American college student who was murdered in Seoul, South Korea, in one book, and Court TV trials editor Wayne Loewe and Los Angeles writer Tori Richards will team up on another.

The first book is scheduled to be published in September 2006, with the others tentatively scheduled for March and June 2007.

“Extending the Court TV brand into the print medium with these three books is a natural evolution, serving both existing viewers and newcomers,” Court TV executive vice president and chief strategy officer Galen Jones said in a prepared statement.