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True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers Book 1) by [Lee Goldberg]
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From the Editor

Imagine you’re a famous author, known the world over for your action-packed stories and impossibly cool hero—even though the closest you’ve come to adventure is raiding the minibar in your book-tour hotel room. What would you do if one of your terrifying fictional plots came to life?

I’d probably react similarly to Ian Ludlow, mild-mannered creator of the megahit Clint Straker series (think Jack Reacher meets James Bond). When Ludlow finds himself in this situation in the opening pages of this rollicking new thriller, he takes off running for his life.

Reluctantly accompanied by Margo, a young woman who happens to be at his side when the bad guys show up, Ian soon finds that he must put himself in his character’s shoes and become a real-life star to uncover a sinister plot, save himself and Margo, and come up with his next great book idea.

Goldberg, a bestselling thriller writer whose credits include coauthoring the Fox and O’Hare series with Janet Evanovich, has given us a fun, fast-paced adventure with moments that are both pulse-racingly exciting and laugh-out-loud hilarious. I might not want to find myself in an Ian Ludlow thriller, but I sure did love reading this one.

- Gracie Doyle, Editor

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A Goodreads Top 20 Thrillers of Spring 2018 Selection

“Goldberg has crafted a clever, silly, and exciting thriller that showcases a love for the genre and the world of writing.” —Associated Press

“Fans of parodic thrillers will enjoy the exhilarating ride…[in] this Elmore Leonard mashed with Get Smart romp.” Publishers Weekly

“[A] crackerjack thriller…Goldberg just won’t be totally serious…but this mockery is the right touch for a story of life imitating art, or trying to…So the wild finale plays out like…well, like a thriller somebody wrote.” Booklist

“If great pacing with awesome characters is what keeps you up at night, then make a pot of coffee and open this book.” —Crimespree

New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg’s new thriller, True Fiction, is a fast-moving adventure filled with his signature witty wordplay, twisty plots and mesmerizing characters.” National Examiner

“Humorous, thrilling, and scary, True Fiction is a great caper story of the little guys taking on the all-encompassing secret state in a knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish.” —Authorlink

True Fiction jumps into Elmore Leonard territory as a witty send-up of spy novels and the book industry. Goldberg delivers a character who seems, well, very much like himself. This one promises to be the first in what should be a most amusing series to follow.” Mystery Scene Magazine

“An adventure that’s worthy of Jack Reacher himself. Funny and loaded with twists…” The Beachcomber Magazine

“At times, it’s hard to figure out where Goldberg ends and Ludlow begins. We have an action-adventure novelist writing about an action-adventure novelist who becomes an action-adventure hero by drawing inspiration from his own action-adventure hero. It’s a house of mirrors, but it’s also a real blast to read.” Paperback Warrior

“Thriller fiction at its absolute finest—and it could happen for real. But not to me, I hope.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

“This may be the most fun you’ll ever have reading a thriller. It’s a breathtaking rush of suspense, intrigue, and laughter that only Lee Goldberg could pull off. I loved it.” —Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“This is my life…in a thriller! True Fiction is great fun.” —Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of House of Secrets

“A conspiracy thriller of the first order, a magical blend of fact and it-could-happen scary fiction. Nail-biting, page-turning, and laced with Goldberg’s wry humor, True Fiction is a true delight, reminiscent of Three Days of the Condor and the best of Hitchcock’s innocent-man-in-peril films.” —Paul Levine, bestselling author of Bum Rap

“Great fun that moves as fast as a jet. Goldberg walks a tightrope between suspense and humor and never slips.” —Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of The Twenty-Three

“I haven’t read anything this much fun since Donald E. Westlake's comic-caper novels. Immensely entertaining, clever, and timely.” —David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art and First Blood

“The story of an innocent man caught in a deadly conspiracy has been told before, but Lee Goldberg takes it a step further in this rollicking, sometimes humorous, always deadly True Fiction. Highly recommended.” —Brendan DuBois, author of Storm Cell

“Ian Ludlow is one of the coolest heroes to emerge in post-9/11 thrillers. A wonderful, classic yet modern, breakneck suspense novel. Lee Goldberg delivers a great story with a literary metafiction wink that makes its thrills resonate.” —James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including King City, The Walk, fifteen Monk mysteries, and the internationally bestselling Fox & O’Hare books (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam, and The Pursuit), cowritten with Janet Evanovich. He has also written and/or produced scores of TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, Monk, and The Glades. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing, and production of episodic television series. You can find more information about Lee and his work at

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  • Publication Date : April 1, 2018
  • File Size : 3090 KB
  • Print Length : 248 pages
  • Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (April 1, 2018)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B074CJ19NJ
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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4.0 out of 5 stars To near the truth to be fiction. As the tittle says.
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