NEW YORK - J.D. Salinger, the reclusive creator of "The Catcher of the Rye," is seeking an injunction against the writer and publishers of a spinoff of the author's famous novel.

Lawyers for Salinger, 90, filed the federal lawsuit in Manhattan yesterday, seeking to force a recall of what it says is a copycat book titled "60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye," by a John David California.

The suit said the right to create a sequel or to use the character "Holden Caulfield" belongs only to Salinger, and he has "decidedly chosen not to exercise that right." *