Spy novels embrace clichés — the double agent, the bomb-rigged briefcase — and »Assassin of Secrets,« published last fall, made a virtue of this tendency, piling one trope onto another to create a story that rang with wry knowingness.
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 had determined that Markham had lifted his text from other sources.
It’s dunce’s cap time for me. Eagle-eyed followers of this blog may have noticed that the last item I posted here has vanished overnight. It was a question-and-answer session between myself and Q. R. Markham, the author of a new spy novel, »Assassin of Secrets«.
Anyone who’s been charged with plagiarism knows there are two ways to save face. Either own up and claim you were making a statement, or deny, like I did when accused of copying Tacitus in my A-Level history coursework.