Yesterday the world learned that Q.R. Markham (the pen name of Williamsburg bookseller Quentin Rowan) had copied a good chunk of his novel, Assassins of Secrets. Edward Champion started going through the book identifying plagiarized passages. Soon, in a feat of crowd-sourcing, others joined Mr. Champion to reveal that not only did Read More
Pity the plagiarist! Especially if he has written a thriller, and the books he copied from are James Bond novels and books by Robert Ludlum. That’s what Quentin Rowan, who writes as Q.R. Markham, has done. Today Little, Brown recalled his debut novel, Assassin of Secrets, from the shelves of bookstores across the country, offering refunds to those who have already bought and now would like to return his book. Read More
Ah, Anna Chapman: the Russian spy who gave us all reason to believe that James Bond movies were more realistic for the women than the gizmos. Since returning to her native Motherland, Ms. Chapman has become something of a celebrity for her botched American espionage — which is exactly the opposite of what you’d think a spy would want, but who are we to judge? — and now has her own magazine column in the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda along with a campaign to make her a standard country pin-up figure.
The only problem is that Ms. Chapman is terrible at hiding things…namely, how she plagiarized an entire section of her most recent article about how Alexander Pushkin could have stopped the Russian Revolution had he been alive. Yikes! What spy school did she graduate from again? Read More