The fall's headline-making plagiarist "Q.R. Markham"—the guy who assembled an entire book out of mashed-up excerpts from classic suspense writers and passed it off as an original work—explained recently why he had relied particularly heavily on the now little-known novels of Charles McCarry. Was it because he thought that the obscurity of the source material might conceal his thefts? Not at all, he explained. Mr. McCarry was his favorite novelist—"a truly ravishing prose writer, in any genre."