Happy Labor Day to the U.S. folks.
Duns sussed out that Ellory was masquerading as Nicodemus when Ellory signed a number of his comments (to various reviews) as “Roger” and “Roger from Montreal”. Ultimately Ellory confessed to this action when the Telegraph wrote about it and offered a half assed apology.
The recent reviews – both positive and negative – that have been posted on my amazon accounts are my responsibility and my responsibility alone,” he said. “I wholeheartedly regret the lapse of judgment that allowed personal opinions to be disseminated in this way and I would like to apologise to my readers and the writing community.”
In response to Dun’s work on Leather, Leather retaliated:
Both he and Steve Mosby started getting down votes on good reviews of their books. Both also featured in Leather’s horribly bad “Inspector Zhang Goes To Harrogate” short story, alongside himself as a best-selling and massively-penised (I assume) thriller writer. The story was pulled from Amazon (by them or by Leather, though I suspect the latter because Amazon so far have shown no inclination to do anything about people gaming their review system) shortly after a one-star review drew a bucket of “OMG YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT LEATHER IS THE BEST EVAH” responses.
The CWA feels this practice is unfair to authors and also to the readers who are so supportive of the crime genre. It does not fit with our ethos of supporting all published crime authors and promoting the crime genre. At present we don’t know how widespread the practice is. However we will be taking steps to set up a membership code of ethics, and considering if other steps may be necessary from us as an authors’ organisation.
Some are calling it “the Wild West”. Is that an attempt to romanticize the fraud that is taking place by authors? Visit a reviewer blog these days and you’ll almost always see an FTC violation. We bloggers aren’t engaged in Wild West behavior. Instead, bloggers see threats from authors (See STGRB site) and are ceasing to blog because of those threats and sock puppetry. It would be nice of author organizations would crack down on things like attacks against bloggers, sock puppetry, and the like but I don’t see it happening. Instead, bloggers, readers and reviewers will continue to be under attack and those who try to speak out, like Jeremy Dun, will be blasphemed by the frauds.
“You are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed,” said the letter by Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon’s General Counsel. “The Department of Defense is considering pursuing against you, and all those acting in concert with you, all remedies legally available to us in light of this situation.”