The Matlock Paper Paperback – Jul 1 1989
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Praise for Robert Ludlum and The Matlock Paper
“A sure winner . . . fast paced, suspenseful, and bound to keep you turning the pages.”—The Denver Post
“A 110% story all in overdrive . . . Ludlum writes better and better.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Suspense, violence, and total readability.”—Chicago Tribune
From the Publisher
The name on the computer screen is James Barbous Matlock. Vietnam veteran. College professor. He's Washington's choice to stop a far-reaching conspiracy, an undercover assignment destined to put Matlock's neck against the razor's edge of danger. And the faceless men in Washington don't care if it means savaging the women Matlock loves, or trapping Matlock in a maze of unrelenting terror. They care about just one thing: that Matlock is the perfect man for the job...for a reason that is disturbing, violent, and extremely deadly.
"A sure winner...fast paced, suspenseful, and bound to keep you turning the pages." --The Denver PostSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
As title characters go, Matlock is one of the weakest I've ever come across. Not only is he not sympathetic, but rather obtuse and tiresome. He makes so many mistakes that are obviously foolish that you find yourself disengaged from the book, shaking your fist and screaming. Well, that might be an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.
The lack of strong women, the obviousness of the villain, and the weak male lead all lead up to a less than stellar book. The only thing that makes it worthwhile is Ludlum's increasing narrative technique, which seemed to finally be coming to a head.
If you're a die-hard Ludlum fan who has to read everything by the man, then you'll find something here. Everyone else though, consider yourself warned.
"The Matlock Paper" is my favorite of the early Ludlum books. It has a plot that moves swiftly and believably (as such things go), with jeopardy and intrigue that are both gripping and gratifying. I found the academic setting to be particularly interesting, as I did the main character of Matlock. (It doesn't hurt that I'm a professor myself.)
I recommend all of Ludlum's books to readers who enjoy a good thriller. This one ranks towards the top of the list.
--David Montgomery, Mystery Ink
I bought this book with great expectation that Ludlum would write "bettter" then Frederick Forsyth (which I've read all of his books) and Tom Clancy. However, I was very disappointed to find that the topic and plot were too simple, especially compared with Ludlum's big name. The story was predictable and not thrilling at all.
I am not sure whether I will give another try for another Ludlum's books. I'm simply too disappointed with this one.
Most recent customer reviews
This is the first of Ludlums early books to really capture the tone of his later writings. Plenty of mystery, an unlikely hero and suspense like only Ludlum does. Read morePublished on June 11 2011 by J Reader
I have read all of Robert Ludlums books, they are all great reading. It's a shame we will have no more of his writings.Published on March 1 2002
The book is well written and the action keeps you reading. But the plot is rather tired, having been used so often, in so many variations, before. Maybe a good book for the beach.Published on Sept. 25 2001 by lvkleydorff