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Assassin of Secrets Paperback – November 3, 2011
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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.
Top customer reviews
I think it is a hilarious prank, and no different than sampling in music. The music industry for economic reasons came down hard on sampling but I remember fondly the period of time when sampling was the norm.
I will enjoy this book and will also go back and read the books he pulled it up from.
I am happy to own a copy now via Amazon -- I got mine for less than $20 and now the market is $45-$250.
I will probably be able to get mine signed as I am plugged into the Manhattan literary scene and this guy is bound to turn up again eventually, as people do that get semi-admiring and meticulous deconstructions in the New Yorker.
Prudes and haters....sorry you don't get the joke.
And by the way, there are no original stories, "originality" as a value is a modern trope. Storytelling is storytelling.
Before NY realized he had stolen so much text, an established publisher fell in love with this story (oops), and the reviewers dubbed it an "instant classic." That's hard to do - no matter who wrote the words.
So while yes, he did steal, and yes, he deserves to have a whole bunch of bad things happen as a result, the author did create *something new* here by cobbling together the works of dozens, possibly over a hundred other authors into a heretofore untold story so compelling that it drew in editors, publishers and critics alike before they realized he had misstepped so badly.
Which is what makes this book so interesting. And why it's worth a look.
And given that Little Brown recalled ALL copies - it's going to be hard to get very soon - perhaps a collectors item. Definitely a piece of literary history - albeit it a besmirched one.
I wish I had read the reviews about 150 pages ago. I wouldn't have wasted my time.
While there are a few good action scenes, I now realize these must have been lifted from real thriller writers. Because the stuff in between is just dross. If this is an example of the kind of editorial supervision that Mulholland Press is going to exercise, I wish them a short life.
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