I’m not even a huge fan of Ludlum’s, but this just a great thriller.
And if you liked the movie, but if you haven’t read the book, you’re missing out (the movie only tells half of the story, which was a good call I think).
In case you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a summary:
“The Bourne Identity is the story of a man whose wounded body is discovered by fishermen who nurse him back to health. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as the Swiss bank account, the number of which, is implanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is and why he is being hunted.”
What really makes the book work for me is the terrific plotting (interesting circumstances, perfect pacing, layered conflicts without getting overly complex), the unrelenting suspense, and the sheer vicarious thrill of stepping into the shoes of a tough, smart, assassin on the run, trying to figure out from whom and why.
All in all, The Bourne Identity is one of my favorite spy books. On par with, if not better than,The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.