Lee Goldberg’s Third Ian Ludlow Thriller Announced

2020 is going to be a busy year for New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg, who already has two books slated for release—including Fake Truth, the next book in his popular Ian Ludlow thrillers. 

First up is Lost Hills, due out January 1st, which has already earned rave reviews from Michael Connelly, who called the book’s heroine one “for the ages,” and Lisa Garder who said it’s “the perfect combination of action and suspense.” You can read more about that one here, and we’ll have plenty of coverage of leading up to its release. 

Goldberg’s second thriller slated for next year brings back fictional bestselling novelist Ian Ludlow, who has seen his popular international action thrillers play out in real-time on more than one occasion. Ludlow, a former pen name used by Goldberg himself, starred in the 2018 book True Fiction, which walked the fine line between an engrossing thriller and a well-written parody. The sequel, Killer Thriller (2019), took things up a notch, and currently holds a 4.4/5 star rating on Amazon. This will be Ludlow’s third go-around, and Fake Truth promises to be the most over-the-top, electrifying book in the series so far—making it a no-brainer for readers looking for a fun and thrilling read. 

See the plot details and cover art below. 


Fake Truth.jpgThe only thing more dangerous than fake news is fake truth in this exhilarating thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg.

Author Ian Ludlow writes great adventures…but after helping Chinese movie star Wang Mei defect to the United States, he becomes the accidental hero of a real-life espionage thriller. Now he’s stuck with the actress—and suffering a nasty case of writer’s block—when he stumbles into a secret Russian plot using “fake news” to outrage Americans into believing a terrifying lie.

It’s up to Ian and Margo French, his researcher-turned-spy, to discover the connection between a barbaric drug lord in Mexico, a homicidal maniac in California, a rogue citizen army in Texas, a raging TV pundit in New York, and two dead tourists in Portugal…before the president of the United States makes a catastrophic mistake that could resurrect the Soviet Union.

The only weapon Ian has against the global conspiracy, and the assassins who are closing in on him, is his vivid imagination. If his story isn’t a killer thriller, he’s dead.



Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the Ian Ludlow series (Killer Thriller and True Fiction), the Eve Ronin series (Lost Hills), fifteen Adrian Monk mysteries, and the first five books in the internationally bestselling Fox & O’Hare series (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, The Scam, and The Pursuit) cowritten with Janet Evanovich. He has also written and/or produced dozens of TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, The Glades, and Monk, and co-created the hit Hallmark movie series Mystery 101.

Readers hoping to pre-order Fake Truth, the next Ian Ludlow thriller, can now do so here, though it won’t be available until April 7, 2020. 


Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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