LONDON (AP) — British creator Jack Higgins, who wrote “The Eagle Has Landed” and different bestselling thrillers and espionage novels, has died. He was 92.
Publisher HarperCollins mentioned that Higgins died at his dwelling on the English Channel island of Jersey surrounded by his household.
Born Henry Patterson in in Newcastle, England, in July 1929, Higgins served within the navy earlier than finding out sociology on the London School of Economics. He turned a trainer within the northern metropolis of Leeds and a author in his spare time, with novels that bought modestly beginning within the late Nineteen Fifties.
That modified with the 1975 publication of “The Eagle Has Landed,” a few fictional World War II plot to kidnap British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Higgins recounted a pivotal name from his accountant.
“He asked me what I wanted to get out of my writing,” Higgins mentioned. “I replied that I wasn’t really sure, before adding as a joke it would be nice to make a million by the time I retired. He then said: ‘Well you’re a bloody fool. Because you’ve just earned that much this week. So what are you going to do about it?’”
He was suggested to depart England due to Seventies taxation charges and settled along with his household on Jersey.
“The Eagle Has Landed” turned extra fashionable after the 1976 movie adaptation was launched. Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall have been among the many stars of the eponymously named film that was a field workplace success.
In a press release, HarperCollins chief govt Charlie Redmayne mentioned Higgins’ loss of life marked “the end of an era.”
“I’ve been a fan of Jack Higgins for longer than I can remember. He was a classic thriller writer: instinctive, tough, relentless,” he mentioned.
“The Eagle Has Landed and his other Liam Devlin books, his later Sean Dillon series, and so many others were and remain absolutely unputdownable.”
Patterson wrote almost 80 books, most beneath the pseudonym of Jack Higgins. Other Higgins titles included “The Eagle Has Flown,” “Angel of Death,” ”Day of Reckoning,” and “A Darker Place.”
According to his writer’s web site, the novels have bought greater than 250 million copies and been translated into dozens of languages.
His survivors embrace his spouse, Denise, and 4 kids from his earlier marriage.