In October 2015, crime writer Ingrid Black discovered that her first novel The Dead, the story of a former FBI agent tracking down a serial killer in Dublin, had been plagiarised and was being sold under a different name by another author on Kindle.
The thief’s name was Joanne Clancy, a former Kindle All Star, and the book that she called Tear Drop was No 1 in the Irish crime fiction charts at the time. Not only that, but she had a second book scheduled for release in a few weeks time, and that one turned out to be a carbon copy of Ingrid Black’s second book about the same character, The Dark Eye. The Real Book Thief tells the story of how Ingrid Black discovered what had happened and how she went about trying to find out more about the mysterious woman who had stolen her work.
I was totally gob smacked when not to long ago it came to light that author Joanne Clancy had copied the work of two authors who make up Ingrid Black.
I was one of many bloggers that had read and reviewed her books and gave her my full support. Obviously finding out what she had done was both shocking and upsetting to say the least.
In The Real Book Thief the original authors tell of their experience of how they came across the despicable act, how it made them feel as well as how they reacted to it.
I have to say that I think the way they dealt with the whole incident really is commendable. I for one would have been hunting her down and thrown whatever lawsuit I could at her. I really don’t think she deserved to get away so lightly, but then that’s just my opinion.
More shockingly I hadn’t realised how many books she had actually churned out in such a short space of time and I can’t help but think that what happened to the duo that is Ingrid Black, hasn’t also happened to many others.
I really hope that whoever is behind Joanne Clancy is truly sorry for what she has done and I hope she has learnt her lesson. I hope it is also a warning to any lowlife thinking of doing the same thing.
I think this really is a must read for other authors in particular who may be or at some point in the future ever find themselves in the same position as there is some very sound advice from the couple.
A shocking but very interesting read.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
The Real Book Thief is currently free to purchase for kindle on Amazon.