Now, EW can announce exclusively that Rabia Chaudry, co-host ofthe podcast Undisclosed, and the person who initially brought Syed’s case to the attention of Serial’s Sarah Koenig, has written a book called Adnan’s Story: Murder, Justice, and The Case That Captivated a Nation, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in September 2016.
The book, which Chaudry is writing with Syed’s cooperation,“will reexamine the investigation that led to Adnan Syed’s arrest, share his life in prison, discuss new evidence and possibilities that have since come to light, and review the recent court successes — including a ruling by a Maryland judge to reopen Syed’s case,” according to St. Martin’s. Chaudry recently told EW that Syed’s case would likely not have been reopened if it weren’t for the popularity of Serial.
“The first letter I received after being arrested in 1999 was from Rabia,” Syed says in a release. “Since that time until now, she has believed in my innocence and been committed to my exoneration. There have been appeal hearings in which she is the only other person other than my mother who showed up. Rabia, Saad, and their family are one of the only families that never forgot me. Over the years they never stopped visiting me, taking my calls, sending me letters and books, and praying for me. As someone connected to me, my family, my community, my lawyers, and my investigation, there is no one better to help tell my story, and no one that I trust more to tell it, than Rabia.”
I was absolutely captivated by Serial and have been listening to Undisclosed attentively since it started, so obviously I am very excited about the idea of reading more about Adnan and this case that gets more and more complicated the more you learn about it. It is true that this case probably would never have gained the attention it has received without Serial, and I am aware that there are several other cases that deserve to be re-examined, but at the same time, the true crime lover in me cannot stop happy dancing from excitement.