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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1 edition (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031617646X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316176460
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brainy and enticing ... a narrative hall of mirrors in which nothing and no one are as they seem and emotion is a perilous thing to have ... A dazzling, deftly controlled debut that moves through familiar territory with wry sophistication." (Kirkus (starred review))

"Quirky, entertaining ... fine writing keeps the enterprise firmly on track, and the obvious Ian Fleming influence just adds to the appeal." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

"Hardcore, old school spy fiction for a generation raised on ass-kicking Bourne flicks. Q.R. Markham's thrilling debut is just like his spy hero: ambitious and audacious. More, please." (Duane Swierczynski, Edgar-nominated author of Severance Package and Fun & Games)

"A fantastic, gleeful, chrome-plated-slick debut of a novel. In Jonathan Chase, Markham has created the perfect cliche-shattering super spy while honoring the progenitors. Dangerously sharp, and genuinely fun--and very, very, very smart. I want more books like this. I want more books from the mind of Mr. Markham!" (Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Run and Queen & Country)

About the Author

Q. R. Markham has been a laundry truck driver, a door-to-door salesman, a rock 'n' roll bassist, and more. Currently, he is a co-owner of an indie bookstore in Brooklyn. This is his first novel.

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And no, it's not an homage, not a tribute album.
Lawrence Block
There are many apologists out there who liken this to a mashup, or likening it to sampling in music, as though such comparisons are apt.
Todd Bartholomew
This book is theft and should be removed from all bookstores, online stores and anyone who has bought it should demand a refund.
Laura

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Block on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
There are plenty of good sentences in this book, but they're all the work of other writers. The author must be seriously disturbed; he quite deliberately stole everything in the book. And no, it's not an homage, not a tribute album. It's theft, and quite transparent; it should be off-sale by now, but it may take Amazon a while to take it down. The author, it turns out, has made a habit of this sort of thing throughout his "career." Let us not encourage him.
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31 of 44 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Partida on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
It was just announced that the publisher is planning on withdrawing this publication, as it has been determined that many passages have been lifted from other books.

Publisher's website has withdrawn all information on this book.
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Please do not support plagarism.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gordon M. Verber VINE VOICE on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, this turned out not to be very judicious, but simply a blatant stealing of other peoples work.

It beggars belief that the publishers - Little, Brown & Company in the US, and Hodder & Stoughton in the UK - did not recognize this for what it is: A compendium of snippets from other's books stitched together to make a whole.

The publishers stand as discredited as the "author."

The Amazon quoted "Editorial Reviews" can only be an embarrassment to the reviewers e.g. "'Brainy and enticing ... a narrative hall of mirrors in which nothing and no one are as they seem and emotion is a perilous thing to have ... A dazzling, deftly controlled debut that moves through familiar territory with wry sophistication.' (Kirkus (starred review) );" though I suppose one should take with a grain of salt any reviewer who would make the gaffe "...in which nothing and no one are as they seem..."

Yes, 'twas familiar territory indeed.

There are real authors out there, so why did this patchwork of stolen writings rise to the top of the publisher's heap?
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Wood on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book is a sham, a disgrace to its publisher. I hope that Amazon leaves all of the comments and reviews up after it is pulled, including the glowing reviews by Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly. Thanks to all of the average readers who actually read books.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Grimod on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
LIttle, Brown has pulled this book due to plagiarism: "some of the passages in question were taken from James Bond novels and books by Robert Ludlum and Charles McCarry". For info: [..]
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Do not buy this piece of work...this book is the result of rampant plagiarism by the author with reportedly in one instance six pages being lifted directly from one of John Gardner's James Bond novels.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Laura on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's men like QR that give the whole literary world a bad name. This book is theft and should be removed from all bookstores, online stores and anyone who has bought it should demand a refund. I am outraged that it is still being sold. This book is entirely disrespecting the talented authors who put so much time and love into writing their original works, only to have them stolen. And the thief profits. Shame on QR, Little, Brown and shame on Amazon for not removing it immediately.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By KSB on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
"On Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press's Hillel Italie reported that a recently published spy novel -- Q.R. Markham's Assassin of Secrets -- was being pulled after Markham's publisher, Mulholland Books, had determined that Markham had lifted his text from other sources." For more information, including examples of plagiarized work, visit: [...]
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