Let’s assume you like books


I assume you do. Let’s also assume you have loved ones who like them, and with the holiday season coming up, you’d like to give books as gifts this year.

No, I’m not going to push my own stuff.

But remember Q.R. Markham’s Assassin of Secrets (Jesus, even I wouldn’t have gone for that title) the almost entirely plagiarized debut novel that was recently yanked off the shelves? Did you know that copies are going for fifty bucks on eBay? I sorta wish I’d bought one now.

Anyway, you can’t read his book–and why would you want to?–but you can read all the books he ripped off. So here is a holiday shopping list of books and authors that were wronged, and who better to throw your money at:

All citations found here.

Know someone who likes spy novels? Or, even better, if you’re looking to read something a little out of your usual, these books are certified good enough to steal from.

6 thoughts on “Let’s assume you like books

  1. The first two Charles McCarry books are brilliant. (The third is quite good.) I’d be tempted to pay $50 just to see how on earth you can cut and paste Charles McCarry and James Bond into a single text and have it plausibly pass for a unified whole.

  2. Freddy Dixon

    Nice blog post, I have been “out of the loop” news wise on the Assassin of Secrets thing while being on medical leave/in hospital but while I was at home, I found my James Bond movies as well as the backlog of novels, including the above mentioned Benson and Gardner novels, nicely engrossing, recommended reads.

  3. Carl Rigney

    I haven’t read Body of Secrets but Bamford’s first book on the NSA, The Puzzle Palace, was fascinating.

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