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Robert Ludlum ( 1927-2001), an American writer of suspense was born in New York City was born in New York City, raised in Short Hills, New Jersey and educated in Connecticut. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1951.   He was a US marine in the Second World War.
                                   Before opting writing as a profession at forty, he was an actor as well as a theatrical  producer from 1952 to 1960.  With his dozens of books published in 40 countries in 32 languages and a global sale of 220 million copies, he is indeed one of the world's bestselling authors. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2001. His first published book was The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971). 
                                                                Ludlum has written a trilogy of novels about a spy named Bourne-The Bourne Identity (1980), The Bourne Supremacy (1986), and The Bourne Ultimatum (1990). Although most of his fiction is serious in tone, Ludlum wrote two comic suspense novels featuring heroes named the Hawk and Sam, The Road to Gandalfo (1975) and The Road to Omaha (1992). 

Ludlum's other novels include The Osterman Weekend (1972), The Matlock Paper (1973), The Rhinemann Exchange (1974), The Gemini Contenders (1976), The Chancellor Manuscript (1977), The Holcroft Covenant (1978), The Parsifal Mosaic (1982), The Aquitane Progression (1984), The Icarus Agenda (1988), The Scorpio Illusion (1993), The Apocalypse Watch (1995), and The Matarese Countdown (1997). Ludlum also wrote the suspense novels Trevayne (1973) and The Cry of the Halidon (1974) under the name Jonathan Ryder. 


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