Robert Ludlum


May 20, 2022

Robert Ludlum, born May 25, 1927 in New York and died March 12, 2001 in Naples, Florida, was an American writer, actor and director. He is best known for his spy novels. He has also written under the pseudonyms of Jonathan Ryder and Michel Shepherd.


Born in 1927 in New York, Robert Ludlum grew up in New Jersey. He was destined for the theater very early on but, also attracted by a military career, joined the Marines before his majority during the Second World War. At the end of the war, he resumed studies at the Wesleyan University, then became an actor and director. At forty, he turned to writing. His first thriller, L'Héritage Scarlatti, published in 1971, was an immediate success and established him as the master of the spy novel. Since then, he has published a series of novels which are all masterpieces of the genre. Prior to his death, he lived in Connecticut with his wife. A great traveler, he also liked to stay in the capitals of old Europe where many of his intrigues took place. He died in 2001 at the age of 73. He has written 26 spy novels and sold 210 million books worldwide. His books have been translated into 32 different languages.

Posthumous works and exploitation of the author's name

At the time of his death in 2001, Robert Ludlum was working on several novels simultaneously. Four of them may have appeared posthumously. The other drafts found in his drawers, often embryonic drafts, were entrusted to other authors with the mission of remaining faithful as much as possible to the original spirit. Thus appeared novels in the series Jason Bourne written by Eric Van Lustbader and novels in the series Paul Janson written by Paul Garrison. These novels "According to Robert Ludlum" are now more numerous than the novels published during the author's lifetime.



1971: The Scarlatti Inheritance, Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1985 1972: Le Week-End Osterman (The Osterman Weekend), Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1983 1973: An invitation for Matlock (The Matlock Paper), Robert Laffont, coll. "Bestsellers", 1987 1973: The Trevayne Conspiracy (Trevayne, signed Jonathan Ryder), Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1997 1974: Le Secret Halidon (The Cry of Halidon, signed Jonathan Ryder), Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1998 1975: L'Échange Rhinemann (The Rhinemann Exchange), Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1990 1976: The Gemini Contenders, Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1994 1977: The Chancellor Manuscript, Robert Laffont, coll. “Best-sellers”, 1992 — first published in 1978 under the title The Man Who Made America Tremble by the Presses de la Cité 1978: Le Pacte Holcroft (The Holcroft Convenant), Robert Laffont, coll. "Bestsellers", 1986 1982: La Mosaïque Parsifal (The Parsifal Mosaic), Robert Laffont, coll. "Bestsellers", 1982 1984: La Progression Aquitaine (The Aquitaine Progression), Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1984 1988: The Icarus Agenda, Robert Laffont, coll. "Bestsellers", 1989 1993: L'Illusion Scorpio (The Scorpio Illusion), Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1995 1995: The Watchers of the apocalypse (The Apocalypse Watch), Robert Laffont, coll. “Bestsellers”, 1996 2000: The Prometheus Deception, Grasset, coll. "Thriller", 2001Posthumously released: 2001: The Sigma Protocol, Grasset, coll. “Thriller”, 2003 2003: La Trahison Tristan (The Tristan Betrayal), Grasset, coll. “Thriller”, 2007 2005: L'Alerte Ambler (The Ambler Warning), Grasset, coll. “Thriller”, 2007 2006: The Bench Strategy