It is always a joy to see these chappies apologize and mewl after they have been caught. They are sooooo sorry (damned right they are - now) and cite a "lack of judgement". And if that don't cut the mustard, they find God. Now, I don't know why a successful author (and a money-maker at that) would feel the need to aggrandize his work while denigrating others. Personal problems no doubt - let us be kind.
The most troubling aspect of this story (to me) is how easy it is to lard the internet with fake reviews and comments. This is why we need the gatekeepers of reputable reviewers through reliable sites. We need established authorities to offer their opinions, which is part of the base from which to make our own judgements.
English writer Roger Jon Ellory, who is known as RJ Ellory by his fans (Picture: GETTY IMAGES)
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RJ Ellory: detected, crime writer who faked his own glowing reviews
A best-selling British crime writer, RJ Ellory, used pseudonyms to pen fake glowing reviews about his “magnificent genius” online while simultaneously criticising his rivals.
By Andrew Hough
Ellory, the author of A Quiet Belief in Angels and a Simple Act of Violence, tonight apologised for the "lapse of judgment" after he faced a deluge of criticism from fans and rivals.
He admitted he had used fake identities to write about his own work on the Amazon book site, giving himself five star ratings. He gave his rivals bad reviews and low ratings using the same pseudonyms.
Ellory, one of Britain's leading authors who has won a variety of awards including Crime Novel of the Year 2010, was compelled to apologise afterJeremy Duns, a British spy author now based in Sweden, aired the accusations on Twitter.
The 47 year-old's apology, in a statement to The Daily Telegraph, came amid a storm of condemnation from the literary world over the “unfair” and “misleading” practice, known as “sock puppeting”.