The NY Times has a review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book even before the book goes on sale. (use bugmenot.com for username and password) This is actually quite normal for all books but with Potter, no review copies were sent and no copies were supposed to be sold until Friday night.
Times hasn’t said where they purchased the book and no one else in NY is crowing about purchasing it. DeepDiscount.com is supposed to have shipped it early but the Times posted the review on July 18 and the earliest reporting of those who received the book was on Tuesday, the 17th. I guess its possible that the reviewer sped read the book and composed a review in time for it to appear in the NY Times the following day but it doesn’t really pass the smell test to me. Am I the only one who thinks that the NY Times got a copy of the pirated version and wrote the review from that?
I’m not going to cite the review because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but you can go to the review and read the plot and what the reviewer thought of the ending.
Edited to Add: The story of a Harry Potter entrepreneur and how DeepDiscount.Com’s flub made one book buyer a small amount of cash.