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In a letter published in today in The Telegraph, 49 authors, spanning a plethora of genres, have condemned the practise of falsying online reviews.

The letter signed by the likes of Jo Nesbo, Ian Rankin, Karin Slaughter and Lee Child calls for a healthy ecosystem for online literary purchases.

The letter highlights three cases of writers "misusing online channels".

"Stephen Leather, the British thriller writer, recently admitted that he used fake identities online to promote his work

"John Locke, the American bestseller, has revealed he has paid for reviews of his books," reads the letter.

Before highlighting the case of R J Ellory, the British author, who yesterday "confessed to posting flattering reviews of his own work and to using assumed names to attack other authors perceived to be his rivals".

The letter condemns their behaviour commits its signees never to use similar tactics.

It calls on readers to take "possession of the process" by posting reviews of books they've read online.

Read the full letter here.

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