Lee Goldberg, a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books and a successful TV writer/producer of dozens of series, has captivated critics and fans alike with his witty wordplay, twisty plots, and mesmerizing characters. Now the bestselling author turns a mirror on himself and his colleagues with TRUE FICTION: An Ian Ludlow Thriller (Thomas & Mercer/April 1, 2018), a fast-moving adventure where the line between fact and fiction is blurred…and it starts right on the title page.
“Ian Ludlow” is the pseudonym Goldberg used to write .357 Vigilante, his first series of novels published in 1985. In TRUE FICTION, bestselling writer Ian Ludlow is in Seattle on a book tour to promote his latest Clint Straker thriller when he learns that a passenger jet has crashed into Waikiki. It’s a terrorist attack that matches a horrific story that Ludlow dreamed up for the CIA, which years ago recruited him and a few other writers to imagine terrorism scenarios to help the Government prepare for the worst.
Ian quickly discovers, to his horror, that the other writers recruited by the CIA have all died in mysterious ways and that his own recent spate of accidents were actually assassination attempts. Now he’s the only person alive who knows how the terrible plot was executed and who is behind it. So Ian runs, sweeping up an innocent bystander in his plight—Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer. They are relentlessly pursued by assassins, part of an all-seeing global-intelligence network that won’t stop until Ian and Margo are killed. Ian has written thrillers like this before, but this time he doesn’t know how it’s going to end—or if he will be alive to find out. His only
hope for survival is to think and act like the character he created, Clint Straker—a spy for hire and an unstoppable killing machine—even though Ludlow himself is an overweight, middle-aged writer with a broken arm…
Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & two-time Shamus Award nominee, a Poirot Award honoree, and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the fifteen Monk mysteries, the eight Diagnosis Murder novels, The Walk, King City, Watch Me Die, and the internationally bestselling Fox & O’Hare books (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam and The Pursuit) co-written with Janet Evanovich. He’s also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, Baywatch, Hunter, Nero Wolfe, Martial Law, Missing, SeaQuest, Monk, and The Glades. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing and production of episodic series.