Plagiarized Author's Book Sales Increase

 File this one under “There’s No Such Thing As Bad Publicity.”

Yesterday, we reported that Little, Brown and Co. pulled Q.R. Markham’s Assassin of Secrets from shelves once it was discovered that the bulk of his spy novel had been plagiarized. This did little, it seems, to hinder his sales. The Huffington Post is reporting that Markham’s novel “jumped on Amazon.com from 62,924 on Tuesday afternoon to 174 on Wednesday afternoon, making it the online retailer’s No. 2 ‘Mover & Shaker.'”

According to the report, “Markham’s real name is Quentin Rowan, a 35-year-old resident of New York’s Brooklyn borough and an investor in the Brooklyn-based Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers.”

At the time of posting, neither Markham nor his agent, David Peak, had returned inquires for comments from The Associated Press.

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