The writer does not copy his originals; he takes what he wants from them, a few traits that have caught his attention, a turn of mind that has fired his imagination, and therefrom constructs his character. He is not concerned whether it is a truthful likeness; he is concerned only to create a plausible harmony convenient for his own purposes.
William Somerset Maugham
The Meanest Flood
The sixth novel in the Sam Turner series.
This is a great read, and it confirms John Baker in his position as one of the best modern-day writers. Mike Jecks, novelist.