Crime writer: Writing his own 5-star reviews

3 September 2012

elloryCrime writer Roger Ellory - a man who looks like James Last fighting his way out of Antony Worrall Thompson's face - has a confession to make.

He's not only been writing novels, but he's also been doing his own 5-star reviews of them under false names too. Oh, and he's been slagging off other writers too.

RJ Ellory, if you've never heard of him, wrote million-seller 'A Quiet Belief In Angels', but alas, he's also been penning reviews of his own work while logging into Amazon under a variety of aliases.

Fellow thriller writer Jeremy Duns went on Twitter to confront Ellory about it all and lo! Ellory soon issued a statement through his literary agent, apologising for everything.

Ellory said: "The recent reviews - both positive and negative - that have been posted on my amazon accounts are my responsibility and my responsibility alone. I wholeheartedly regret the lapse of judgement that allowed personal opinions to be disseminated in this way and I would like to apologise to my readers and the writing community."

Duns claimed that Ellory wrote "long, purple tributes to his own magnificent genius" under the names ‘Jelly Bean’ and ‘Nicodemus Jones’. ‘Jelly Bean’ gave 5-stars to every single Ellory book while also giving a meagre one-star to Mark Billingham's latest book (you may remember Mark Billingham has one of the stooges in Maid Marian and her Merry Men). Duns adding that the review was "spiteful" and "sniping at Billingham’s success and insinuating he has ripped off another writer".

As 'Nicodemus Jones', Ellory wrote that 'A Quiet Belief In Angels' is a "modern masterpiece" and that "there are paragraphs and chapters that just stopped me dead in my tracks....it really is a magnificent book... Ignore all dissentors and naysayers, this book is not trying to be anything other than a great story, brilliantly told... Just buy it, read it, and make up your own mind. Whatever else it might do, it will touch your soul.”

Good lord.

8 comments

  • Steve O.
    I'm actually a bit more interested in how he was caught. Tell us BW! (Please...)
  • Steve
    I guess he confessed at ginge fest....? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19461177 Steve (with no "O")
  • boing
    Apparently he's just a moron: "Duns spotted that Ellory wrote the MacBride review under the pseudonym Nicodemus Jones, but later in the conversation began posting as RJ Ellory, in a continuation of the discussion. "Nicodemus Jones" also repeatedly signs himself as "Roger" in another discussion, in which he writes that "I won the Nouvel Observateur prize last year for AQBIA [A Quiet Belief in Angels]"." [from the Guardian]
  • Steve O.
    Thanks for saving me the trouble of looking into it. 'preciated.
  • Dick
    At least he is punching himself to make amends. Or is that someone else's fist?
  • Nicodemus J.
    You're all wrong, the man is a modern masterpiece and touches my soul daily. He made a tiny little error, no big deal, we are all human. Leave him alone and get over it. He's also very handsome and great in bed.
  • Zleet
    Shouldn't this read 'man makes ingenious self promotion move of being found writing his own reviews so gets face and name plastered over national press'?
  • Gof M.
    What a marvelous piece of journalism....well written and better than anything I've ever read before...

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