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The Chancellor Manuscript

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    'A Thriller within a Thriller'

    'The Chancellor Manuscript' is one of Ludlum's better thrillers, paving the way for his subsequent classic 'Bourne Identity' in that the hero, like Jason Bourne, thinks he may be going mad, and the madness is (or was, in Bourne's case) induced by others. In 'The Chancellor Manuscript' a thriller author, Peter Chancellor, writes a controversial book that attracts the attention of a group of wealthy intellectuals known as Inver Brass. Knowing that Chancellor is a best-selling thriller writer, Inver Brass uses him for their own ulterior motives. They have him write a thriller using ther premise of the assassination of J. Edgar Hoover. They figure that when Chancellor writes this book he will discover who among their group is a traitor. They even resort to endeavoring to drive him mad when he comes too close to exposing them. Chancellor can't distinguish fact from fiction. As he writes his novel, all that he has written, to his shock, seems to be coming true. Moreover, impossibly, various antagonists are actually trying to kill him, a fiction writer! Inver Brass attempts to persuade him and those around him that he is losing his marbles, succumbing to paranoid delusions conjured by his muse. Throughout Ludlum's novel, the reader must distinguish between the fiction of the novelist Chancellor and the reality of the events encompassing him--leading to a fascinating thriller. 'The Chancellor Manuscript' turns out to be a thriller within a thriller, which all comes together credibly in the end. --Bryan Cassiday

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