Fans of the true crime genre may wish to check out a new novel by Lee Goldberg. “True Fiction,” an Ian Ludlow thriller, is set for publication on April 1 by Thomas & Mercer.

A No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, Lee has produced more than 30 books and is an award-winning TV writer/producer of dozens of series, including “Monk” and “Dial M for Murder.” 

“He knows the mystery/thriller genre inside and out,” publicist Megan Beatie said in a release.  

Lee’s entire family on his mother’s Barer side is from Walla Walla, and many relatives still live here. His uncle, former Walla Wallan Burl Barer, is a true-crime author and former radio DJ in Seattle. 

Lee gave story character Margo a connection to Walla Walla. Most of the story occurs in Seattle. 

“With this new novel, he turns a mirror on himself and his colleagues by blurring the lines between fiction and fact — starting with the title page. 

Ludlow is the pseudonym under which Goldberg wrote “.357 Vigilante,” his first series of novels published in 1985. The first book came out while he was a freelance journalist and still a student at the University of California at Los Angeles. He chose the Ludlow nom de plume in order to be shelved next to Robert Ludlum’s books, he said on his website.

“True Fiction” is about a best-selling thriller writer on a book tour in Seattle when he hears about a horrific terrorist act that killed hundreds of people. Years before that the CIA hired him to imagine terrorist scenarios in order to prevent them, and now it’s happened — exactly as he envisioned it. Additionally, he’s the target of assassins determined to silence him forever.

“The book is already getting raves from other writers,” Megan said.  

Janet Evanovich, a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, wrote, “This may be the most fun you’ll ever have reading a thriller. It’s a breathtaking rush of suspense, intrigue and laughter that only Lee Goldberg could pull off. I loved it.” Lee Child, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series, added, “Thriller fiction at its absolute finest — and it could happen for real. But not to me, I hope.”

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