For many years I have come to regard Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” as a classic masterpiece that captures the crazy hidden pleasures of illicit love. The story covers the experiences of a middle-aged man who seduces a young girl into coming with him on a cross-country fling of incredible proportions. As they run away from all that is traditional, taboo, and trite, the man lives out a pathetic fantasy that both allows him to be a father figure and lover to the impressionable Lolita (translated butterfly nymph). Such a joyride ultimately runs out of steam with tragic results. So where did Nabokov get the inspiration for such a lustful tale of satyriasis in a modern American setting? According to Sarah Weinam, author of this latest study, look no further than Nabokov using a very sensational story about a young girl, Sally Horner, kidnapped in the 1940s by a notorious rapist named Frank LaSalle. Though Nabokov denied ever using this tragedy as a springboard for his scandalously celebrated novel, the comparisons are too numerous to ignore. He may very well be guilty of exploiting the misfortunes of one innocent girl, held against her will by a monster intent on living out a pedophiliac fantasy. Evidence seems clear that Nabokov, a great writer of fiction, may have rewritten this true life story to insert himself in it as a vicariously safe seeker of forbidden fruit. I call that attitude morally reprehensible and hypocritical, regardless of how well one writes. Take the argument further and one might be also guilty of indirectly profiting from the avails of crime that has other victims to reckon with.