Little, Brown and Company has recalled copies of Assassin of Secrets by Q.R. Markham, published under the Mulholland Books imprint on November 3, from retailers across the country. According to LB executive v-p and publisher Michael Pietsch, the publisher issued the recall because many passages and lines in the book have been taken from a variety of classic and contemporary spy novels, an issue brought to their attention by an anonymous source. There are 6,500 copies of the book in print.

“We take great pride in the writers and books we publish and tremendous care in every aspect of our publishing process, so it is with deep regret that we have published a book that we can no longer stand behind,” said Pietsch. “Our goal is to never have this happen, but when it does, it is important to us to communicate with and compensate readers and retailers as quickly as possible.”

Little, Brown requests wholesalers and retailers return the book for full credit. Consumers who seek a refund should return to the retailer from whom they purchased the book, including those who purchased the e-book.