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Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Ludlum Identity

Jason Bourne isn’t the only one in search of his identity. Enthusiasts of books by Bourne’s creator, Robert Ludlum, are wondering who has authored some of the 12 books published under his name since his death in 2001, reports The Independent.

By the time of his death, Ludlum had been writing for more than three decades and sold 210 million books. Only J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has sold more. His long-time agent Henry Morrison recalls that one day in the early 1990s when Ludlum began to have heart trouble, he said “'I don't want my name to disappear. I've spent 30 years writing books and building an audience.”

His estate seems to have honored his wishes. While some of his posthumous books have identified coauthors, such as Eric Van Lustbader, at least three are not identified at all. With the help of ghostwriters, Ludlum has achieved a degree of immortality.

If you want to see if Ludlum’s successors can match his originals, try these books:

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Betrayal (2007)
The Bancroft Strategy (2006)
The Ambler Warning (2005)
Robert Ludlum’s The Moscow Vector (2005)
Robert Ludlum’s The Lazarus Vendetta (2004)
The Tristan Betrayal (2003)

Do you have a favorite Ludlum novel? Let us know.

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