ELLSWORTH — Workers at a Maine Goodwill store got a surprise when they opened a donated book and found a gun inside.

An employee at the Ellsworth store was going through a pile of books received from a central warehouse last week and noticed that one didn’t quite feel right.

The book – “Den of Lions” by former Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson chronicling his seven years as a hostage in Lebanon – was actually a small safe and inside was a .31 caliber black powder pistol.

Employees called police.

There was no identifying information with the book. Police ran the gun’s serial number through a national database but did not get a match.

Detective Dorothy Small says the department is turning to social media to try and find the gun’s owner.