Robert Ludlum: A Critical Companion

Robert Ludlum: A Critical Companion

Robert Ludlum: A Critical Companion

Robert Ludlum: A Critical Companion

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Acknowledgments

I owe a debt of gratitude to a number of people who made this book both possible and better. First of all, my deep thanks go to Robert Ludlum for kindly granting an interview and providing information that would allow this text to be informed, accurate, and up-to-date about his life and work. My thanks also go to his vigilant agent, Henry Morrison, for arranging the interview.

I can never thank Andrew Macdonald enough for his repeated assurances, loving support, and sound advice. He not only read the text in progress and made valuable suggestions, but also discussed ideas and concepts that have made this book far better than it would have otherwise been. He wrote the section on The Matarese Circle, contributed to the discussions of The Chancellor Manuscript, provided insights about paranoia, and served as a critic and advisor throughout the writing process.

My thanks also go to Barbara Rader and Kathleen Klein of Greenwood Press, whose enthusiastic support made this book possible, and to Greenwood senior production editor Liz Leiba and my Loyola colleague and friend Raymond McGowan, both of whom provided valuable editorial guidance. Pat Doran of the Loyola Library went to enormous lengths to help me find obscure but necessary articles and books, Ron and June Foust provided insights into Ludlum’s psychoanalytical approaches, and

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