When he died in March 2001, Robert Ludlum had become not only a veteran suspense author, but a reliable bestseller franchise. His plots involving high-level corruption and global conspiracy are like entering labyrinths; and readers keep coming back to get lost.
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Also Known As:
Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shepherd
Date of Birth:
May 25, 1927
Date of Death:
March 12, 2001
|Place of Death:
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1951
Robert Ludlum's official web site
|How Did He Come Up with Those Plots?|
|"I start with a concept that outrages me, something that bothers the hell out of me," Ludlum told Writer's Digest in 1977. "I think arresting fiction is written out of a sense of outrage. I try to find something with an underpinning of reality. I generally go back over recent history looking for a situation where the events have a conceivable official explanation but where the solution might be other than it is purported to be."|
|The Best Book to Read First||The Covert-One Books|
|The Bourne Identity|
This story of a spy with amnesia in search of his true identity was later turned into the smash hit Hollywood film version starring Matt Damon. Read the book, then see the movie!
|Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option|
Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
Authored by other writers from Ludlum's outlined ideas, the Covert-One series will span four titles and follow a corruption-battling team of top-secret operatives. In this third installment, Col. Jon Smith searches for a top computer scientist who goes missing after Paris's Pasteur Institute is bombed.
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