Robert Ludlum (1927-2001) was an American author who has written dozens of thrillers. He is perhaps best known for his Bourne Trilogy novels, which were made into movies starring Matt Damon.

Ludlum started writing in the ’70s. During that time, he was living in Leonia, New Jersey and spent hours every day writing. The lion’s share of his work was published in the ’70s. After which, he noticably slowed down. Ludlum also published novels under the pen names of Jonathan Ryder and Michael Shephard. Following his death in 2001, his characters lived on through other authors such as Eric Van Lustbader. Ludlum is now a brand name, with novels inspired by his work trademarked as “Robert Ludlum’s” novels.

Below is a list of Robert Ludlum’s books (whether written by him or based on his notes) in order of publication:

Publication Order of Bourne Trilogy Books


The Bourne Identity(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bourne Supremacy(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bourne Ultimatum(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Covert-One Books


The Hades Factor(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cassandra Compact(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Paris Option(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Altman Code(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lazarus Vendetta(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Moscow Vector(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Arctic Event(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ares Decision(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Janus Reprisal(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Utopia Experiment(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Paul Janson Books


The Janson Directive(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Janson Command(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Janson Option(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Scarlatti Inheritance(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Osterman Weekend(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Matlock Paper(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trevayne(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cry of the Halidon(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rhinemann Exchange(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Road to Gandolfo(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gemini Contenders(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Chancellor Manuscript(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Holcroft Covenant(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Matarese Circle(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Parsifal Mosaic(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Aquitaine Progression(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Icarus Agenda(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Road to Omaha(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Scorpio Illusion(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Apocalypse Watch(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Matarese Countdown(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Prometheus Deception(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sigma Protocol(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tristan Betrayal(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ambler Warning(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bancroft Strategy(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Although the Covert-One series was created by Ludlum, the novels themselves were written by other authors.

Following Ludlum’s death, the Jason Bourne series was continued by American author Eric Van Lustbader.

If You Like Robert Ludlum Books, You’ll Love…

Robert Ludlum Synopsis: In Robert Ludlum’s second book The Osterman Weekend, investigative news TV show host John Tanner is informed by a CIA agent that his friends are involved in a group that is threatening national security. John loses his trust in his friends and has been put against them. However, John finds out the truth about his friends, it turns out he has been manipulated. The Osterman Weekend was made into a film in 1983 by the great director Sam Peckinpah. It had an all-star cast that included Rutger Hauer and Dennis Hopper.


  • William H Legg

    I doubt if I’ll ever love an Author Like Mr Ludlum. I have a copy of all his books, I tried a couple of the books written about his characters by different authors and was very disappointted. They were good but not close to Mr Ludlum. I never met the man, but I mourned his passing.