BELGRADE  - For novelist Mirjana Djurdjevic, revelations about the secret life adopted by Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic are proof that life really can imitate art. In a book she had published two years ago, Djurdjevic wrote about a war crimes fugitive who was fruitlessly tracked in Belgrade by US and Russian secret service agents, bounty-hunters and a private detective. All along, he was right under their noses, practising as a psychiatrist under a false name, Dr. Schwartz, counselling patients and even treating those who were hunting for him. The plot eerily reflects the real-life case of Karadzic, the wartime leader of Bosnian Serbs who was able to avoid justice for more than a decade thanks to his alias as Dr. Dragan Dabic, a long-haired health guru. "This could be the proof that literature mimics reality, and vice versa," the media-shy Djurdevic said after details of Karadzic's secret life emerged following his arrest in Belgrade on Monday. Her novel, "The First, the Second and the Third Man," forms part of a trilogy in which Djurdjevic portrayed the life of private investigator Hari " a take on Clint Eastwood's film character "Dirty Harry". Unaware of the pursuit of the suspect, a psychiatrist named Dr. Schwartz, Hari stumbles into the adventure of hunting for war crimes suspects, and along the way is obstructed by Russian, US and Serbian intelligence agents. The book, one of the bestsellers in Serbia after its release, was one of the candidates for a top local literature award in 2006. Djurdjevic said that, at the time of writing the book three years ago, she had no idea that Karadzic might have been living a similar life to her fictitious Dr. Schwartz. Asked whether she felt like a writer who could anticipate reality, Djudjevic told journalists she "felt more like a witch than a prophet," and did not find her own "imagination funny any more." Djurdjevic, a civil engineer by training and lecturer, said the seven novels she had written so far were a "parody of spy novels." "They fall in the crime genre, to put the suspect right in front of everyone's eyes," Djurdjevic told journalists in an interview. Her Dr. Schwartz had plastic surgery on his nose, while Karadzic changed his recognisable thick coiffure for hair long enough to bind it in a hippy-like ponytail atop his head, and grew a bushy white beard. "It is so trivial that anyone could have come up with it," said Djurdjevic. But she could not avoid questions about where she would hide the two remaining war crimes fugitives, particularly Ratko Mladic, Karadzic's alleged partner in some of the worst atrocities since World War II. "Maybe in a publishing house, maybe even working as a journalist," she told the newspaper Politika. Along with Karadzic, Mladic is indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague for genocide and war crimes near the end of Bosnia's 1992-1995 war. The charges are mainly related to two of Europe's worst atrocities since World War II, the 44-month siege of Sarajevo which killed more than 10,000 people and Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Muslim males.