Eric Van Lustbader

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Eric Van Lustbader
Born (1946-12-24) December 24, 1946 (age 73)
Greenwich Village, New York, United States
Alma materColumbia University
GenreThriller, fantasy
Notable worksThe new Jason Bourne novels

Eric Van Lustbader (born December 24, 1946)[1] is an American writer of thriller and fantasy novels. He has published as Eric Lustbader, Eric V. Lustbader, and Eric Van Lustbader.

He is a graduate of New York's Stuyvesant High School[2] and Columbia College, with a degree in sociology, and he has a second-level Reiki degree. He is married to Victoria Lustbader (née Schochet), also an author, and editor.


Lustbader was born and raised in Greenwich Village, where he developed interests in art and writing. He lived downstairs from actress Lauren Bacall and built orange-crate racers in Washington Square Park with actors Keith and David Carradine. He is a graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in sociology.

Before turning to writing full-time, he was employed by the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business, where he worked for Elektra Records and CBS Records. Writing for Cashbox magazine, he also covered such acts as Elton John, Santana, Roxy Music, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, David Bowie, and The Who. Lustbader became friends with Elton John and his lyricist, Bernie Taupin, as the first American journalist to predict John would be a huge star, in his column in Cashbox. He went out on tour with John, including the dates at the Fillmore East, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden in November 1974 when John Lennon guest starred on the third night of the four nights. Several years later, while working for Dick James Music, he wrote and field produced a segment on John for John Chancellor's NBC Nightly News, the first such segment on an entertainer.


The Pearl Saga[edit]

  1. The Ring of Five Dragons (2001)
  2. The Veil of a Thousand Tears (2002)
  3. The Cage of Nine Banestones (2004) (US title: Mistress of the Pearl)

The Testament Novels[edit]

  1. The Testament (2006)
  2. The Fallen (2017)[3]
  3. Four Dominions (2018)
  4. The Sum of All Shadows (2019)

The Sunset Warrior Cycle[edit]

  1. The Sunset Warrior (1977)
  2. Shallows of Night (1978)
  3. Dai-San (1978)
  4. Beneath an Opal Moon (1980)
  5. Dragons on the Sea of Night (1997)d

The China Maroc Series[edit]

  1. Jian (1986)
  2. Shan (1988)

The Nicholas Linnear/Ninja Cycle[edit]

  1. The Ninja (1980)
  2. The Miko (1984)
  3. White Ninja (1990)
  4. The Kaisho (1993)
  5. Floating City (1994)
  6. Second Skin (1995)
  7. The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear (2014) e-book short story
  8. The Oligarch's Daughter (2016) e-book short story

The Jack McClure / Alli Carson Series[edit]

  1. First Daughter (2008)
  2. Last Snow (2010)
  3. Blood Trust (2011)
  4. Father Night (2012)
  5. Beloved Enemy (2013)

The Evan Ryder Series[edit]

  1. The Nemesis Manifesto (2020)

Continuation of The Bourne Series of Robert Ludlum[edit]

With permission from the estate of Robert Ludlum, Lustbader has continued writing Jason Bourne novels from where Ludlum left off in The Bourne Ultimatum.

  1. The Bourne Legacy (2004)
  2. The Bourne Betrayal (2007)
  3. The Bourne Sanction (2008)
  4. The Bourne Deception (2009)
  5. The Bourne Objective (2010)
  6. The Bourne Dominion (2011)
  7. The Bourne Imperative (2012)
  8. The Bourne Retribution (2013)
  9. The Bourne Ascendancy (2014)
  10. The Bourne Enigma (2016)
  11. The Bourne Initiative (2017)[4]


  • Sirens (1981)
  • Black Heart (1983)
  • Zero (1987)
  • French Kiss (1989)
  • Angel Eyes (1991)
  • Black Blade (1993)
  • Batman: The Last Angel (1994) DC Comics graphic novel
  • Dark Homecoming (1997)
  • Pale Saint (1999)
  • Art Kills (2002)
  • Any Minute Now (2016)

Anthologies containing stories by Eric Van Lustbader[edit]

  • David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination (1982)
  • Peter S Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (1984)
  • David Copperfield's Tales of the Impossible (1995)
  • Excalibur (1995)
  • Murder by Revenge (1996)
  • Vampires (1997)
  • 999 (1999)
  • Thriller (2006)
  • Women of the Night (2007)

Short stories[edit]

  • "In Darkness, Angels" (1983)
  • "The Devil on Myrtle Ave" (1995)
  • "Lassorio" (1995)
  • "The Singing Tree" (1995)
  • "16 Mins." (1996)
  • "An Exaltation of Termagants" (1999)


  1. ^ International Who's who of Authors and Writers. Europa Publications. 2008.
  2. ^ "Endless Knots Interviews Eric Van Lustbader". 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  3. ^ "The Fallen by Eric Van Lustbader". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  4. ^ "Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Initiative". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved 2016-10-06.[dead link]

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