The Ludlum Orthodox


Can you guess which of the book titles below are real Robert Ludlum novels?  Answer after the break:

The Matarese Circle
The Bourne Objective
The Sigma Protocol
The Rhinemann Exchange
The Parsifal Mosiac
The Hades Factor
The Janson Directive
The Bourne Sanction
The Arctic Event
The Prometheus Deception
The Moscow Vector
The Altman Code
The Chancellor Manuscript
The Lazarus Vendetta
The Bancroft Strategy
The Jezebel Defenestration
The Aquitaine Progression
The Tristan Betrayal
The Cassandra Compact
The Gemini Contenders
The Ambler Warning
The Holcroft Covenant
The Scarlatti Inheritance
The Infinity Affair
The Icarus Agenda
The Osterman Weekend
The Apocalypse Watch
The Matlock Paper
The Scorpio Illusion
The Matarese Countdown

Answer: all of them are real, except for “The Jezebel Defenestration.”

I wonder if this title pattern was Ludlum’s plan all along, or if at some point he looked up, realized that he had been giving all of his books absurd names, and decided to just stick with it.  Maybe there’s a computer program that comes up with these names.  I hope the next one is “The Prometheus Rumspringa.”

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