THE JANSON DIRECTIVE
Death becomes Ludlum. Prior to his passing last year, he was widely viewed as a workmanlike spy novelist whose books were best suited to TV miniseries. The recent success of Matt Damon’s The Bourne Identity has altered that perception in Hollywood, and the finely crafted Janson should burnish his literary reputation as well. The plot packs more twists than a Rold Gold factory: Ex-U.S. operative Paul Janson is recruited to rescue a kidnapped philanthropist, but in the process uncovers a shadowy conspiracy and becomes an assassination target. The novel’s action scenes, including a doozy in which Janson is stalked by snipers in London’s Regent’s Park, are as thrillingly staged on the page as they’ll inevitably be on the big screen.
The Janson Directive