True Fiction
by Goldberg, Lee

When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, best-selling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasnt an accident, forcing Ian to go on the run, pursued by assassins and a global intelligence network that wants him dead.

Goldberg just won't be totally serious. He was behind television hits like Monk and Diagnosis Murder, and his urge to tease is irresistible. So he keeps interrupting this crackerjack thriller with mentions of wacky, made-up TV shows. Like the western Saddlesore. Or the cop show Hollywood & the Vine, with a hero who's "half man, half plant, all cop." But this mockery is the right touch for a story of life imitating art, or trying to. Ian Ludlow's best-selling thrillers have earned him an invite from the U.S. government to concoct terrorist plots that our agents must learn to guard against. The one he comes up with is similar to the conspiracy theorists' version that has the government staging 9/11 to consolidate its power. Then it really happens. Now Ludlow knows too much and must die, and the chase is on. If the spooks can use his idea to kill people, he wonders, why can't he do the same thing to bring down the spooks? So the wild finale plays out like . . . well, like a thriller somebody wrote. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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