The Chancellor Manuscript

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Did J. Edgar Hoover die a natural death? Or was he murdered? When a group of high-minded and high-placed intellectuals known as Inver Brass detect a monstrous threat to the country in Hoover’s unethical use of his scandal-ridden private files, they decide to do away with him—quietly, efficiently, with no hint of impropriety. Then bestselling thriller writer Peter Chancellor stumbles onto information that makes his previous books look like harmless fairy tales. Now Chancellor and Inver Brass are on a deadly ...
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Overview

Did J. Edgar Hoover die a natural death? Or was he murdered? When a group of high-minded and high-placed intellectuals known as Inver Brass detect a monstrous threat to the country in Hoover’s unethical use of his scandal-ridden private files, they decide to do away with him—quietly, efficiently, with no hint of impropriety. Then bestselling thriller writer Peter Chancellor stumbles onto information that makes his previous books look like harmless fairy tales. Now Chancellor and Inver Brass are on a deadly collision course, spiraling across the globe in an ever-widening arc of violence and terror. All roads lead to a showdown that will rip the nation’s capital apart—leaving only one damning document to survive.
 
Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Chancellor Manuscript
 
“[The Chancellor Manuscript] exerts a riveting appeal, as it seems to justify our worst nightmares of what really goes on in the so-called intelligence community in Washington.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined.”The New York Times
 
“Powerhouse momentum . . . as shrill as the siren on the prowl car.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“A complex scenario of inventive double-crossing.”Chicago Sun-Times
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Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Chancellor Manuscript
 
“[The Chancellor Manuscript] exerts a riveting appeal, as it seems to justify our worst nightmares of what really goes on in the so-called intelligence community in Washington.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined.”The New York Times
 
“Powerhouse momentum . . . as shrill as the siren on the prowl car.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“A complex scenario of inventive double-crossing.”Chicago Sun-Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553260946
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 347,030
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-one novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. In addition to the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—he was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and The Apocalypse Watch, among many others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.

Biography

Robert Ludlum was the author of 21 novels, each a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 210 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into 32 languages. In addition to the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—he was the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and The Apocalypse Watch, among many others. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March, 2001.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 25, 1927
    1. Date of Death:
      March 12, 2001
    2. Place of Death:
      Naples, Florida

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Can't flip the pages fast enough.

    This is a fantastic book. It is written masterfully, and knowladges when the reader might be getting bored with a certain subject before you even know you're getting bored. This is intense to say the least. Mr. Luddlum has created a master piece that will have you guessing. hoping, gasping, and wondering until the last. This is a must have for any Luddlum fan, or just a lover of books. Fantastic. However, I do have one complaint about this book. That is it gets very provacative and graphical at a multitude of parts. However, this is easily over looked because of the ingenius plot and characters he has created. Although this book is not for children under 18. It is a must read for those ready to bear through the provacative writing. I gave this 5 stars because it simply deserved the rating.

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