Robert Ludlum, a US Marine in the Second World War, was born in New York City, raised in Short Hills, New Jersey and educated in Connecticut. A former actor and theatrical producer, at forty he decided to change careers and try his hand at writing. Thereafter, publication in 40 countries, 32 languages, and sales of 220 million copiies worldwide. Robert Ludlum died in 2001.
'Always absorbing ... His characters are complex and credible, his sleight of plot as cunning as any terrorist conspiracy ... A Bourne from which no traveller returns unsatisfied.' Time Magazine