Creator / Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum (1927 2001) was an American thriller writer. His best-known work is probably The Bourne Series, which was adapted (loosely) into a popular series of films starring Matt Damon.

Works by Robert Ludlum with their own trope pages include:

Other works by Robert Ludlum provide examples of:

  • Conveniently Interrupted Document: Appears in The Janson Directive to avoid giving away the name of the villain.
  • Conspiracy Thriller: The Icarus Agenda, among others.
  • Crack Fic: The Road To Gandolfo was supposed to be a serious thriller about a retired general who kidnaps the pope... until Ludlum realised that he couldn't possibly take the story seriously and rewrote it as a parody of his own work.
  • Engaging Conversation: In The Road to Omaha, main viewpoint character Sam Devereaux meets a beautiful fellow lawyer and more-or-less instantly falls in love, proposing before they've even exchanged names. She's naturally appalled, but then just a few minutes later, something he says strikes her as so inspiring that she proposes to him.
  • Forgets to Eat: A Mad Scientist in The Sigma Protocol, has only two modes: on his meds, he remembers to eat and sleep. Off his meds, he concocts insanely brilliant schemes and invents wacky contraptions.
  • Gambit Pileup: A common plot element.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: In The Icarus Agenda, and explicitly recognised as such by both parties. (The two characters do end up in an ongoing relationship at the end.)
  • Living Lie Detector: The main character in The Ambler Warning.
  • Mad Lib Thriller Title
  • Reluctant Ruler: The protagonist of The Icarus Agenda entered politics out of a genuine desire to help his constituency and only intends to stay in as long as he's needed; he doesn't desire power for its own sake and has no intention of seeking higher office. This is said to be one of the reasons he's good at what he does, and that he's more deserving of higher office than other characters who do want it.
  • Spy Fiction
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: The villain in The Prometheus Deception is capable of this.
  • Swiss Bank Account: In The Ostermann Weekend, the protagonist discovers that a man who may be a foreign spy has a Swiss bank account, and considers this to be Evidence, but it turns out that the man is innocent, and his response to being accused of having a Swiss bank account is basically, "Yes, I do. What's your point?"
  • Unwitting Pawn: in The Osterman Weekend
  • Vicariously Ambitious: The conspiracy in The Icarus Agenda are Well-Intentioned Extremists who want America to have a good President, but recognise that the kind of person they have in mind would be unlikely to volunteer for high political office or to beat the more power-hungry and politically wily candidates if he did; their solution is to find a suitable candidate and manipulate his career without his knowledge. They're not after any gain for themselves beyond the general benefit to everybody of living in an America with a good President.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The members of the conspiracy in The Icarus Agenda will stop at nothing, even blackmail and murder, to have an honest and capable man as President of the United States. Whether he wants the job or not.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: In The Janson Directive, Jessica Kincaid, a sniper hired to kill the protagonist who ultimately befriends him, explains that her single father effectively raised her as a boy, teaching her how to fix cars and hunt.