If someone has a book published with a certain publisher and there is a contract signed. Then publisher goes belly up and is now nonexistent. What becomes of the contract between the author and publisher? They just went under with no contact or anything to let their authors know.
ETA: this is in the united states. the company is no more, total going. no one bought them or took their assists. I tried to buy copies of the book for myself, and can no longer buy them. The only place that sells or carries them are ebay and amazon, for like 900 US dollars.