The Players: Peter Manso, an author who has written Marlon Brando's biography and written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the San Francisco Chronicle; Dwight Garner, book reviewer for The New York Times.
The Opening Serve: On July 7, Garner penned a piece for The New York Times shredding Manso's newest book, Reasonable Doubt, which covers the Christa Worthington murder trial. "It's unhappy work, then, to report that 'Reasonable Doubt' is a disaster, at once lumpen and bonkers," Garner writes. He also reveals, "And I've always enjoyed Mr. Manso's author photographs--his mop of hair, his sneaky resemblance to Al Pacino or Richard Price. The way he scowls as if he’s just caught you snatching his morning newspaper from the front porch. He looks like he’s full of beans." On July 8 Garner also tweeted "Late link to my review of Peter Manso's bk about Christa Worthington's murder. Capsule summary: Let me out of here" with a link to The Times.
Manso aired his rebuttal to Women's Wear Daily. "This is a review designed to kill a book, not to describe a book or its shortcomings," he said. WWD also reports Manso said that Garner's review might be because of both their connections to Norman Mailer. WWD explains that Manso describes Garner as "a devotee of the late Norman Mailer and is a champion of the Norman Mailer Estate." Manso penned Mailer's authorized biography, managed his mayoral campaign and had a noted falling out with the writer after years of friendship.