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Jack Higgins

(Harry Patterson)
UK flag (1929 - 2022)

aka Martin Fallon, James Graham, Hugh Marlowe, Harry Patterson

Jack Higgins lived in Belfast till the age of twelve. Leaving school at fifteen, he spent three years with the Royal Horse Guards, serving on the East German border during the Cold War. His subsequent employment included occupations as diverse as circus roustabout, truck driver, clerk and, after taking an honours degree in sociology and social psychology, teacher and university lecturer. 

The Eagle Has Landed turned him into an international bestselling author, and his novels have sold over 250 million copies and have been translated into fifty-five languages. Many have also been filmed, including The Violent Enemy, which was banned for political reasons by the Foreign Office; the great MGM classic The Wrath of God, Rita Hayworth's last film; The Eagle Has Landed; A Prayer for the Dying, starring Bob Hoskins and Mickey Rourke, one of the most controversial films of the eighties; and Thunder Point, filmed in the Caribbean in 1996. In addition, Confessional, Night of the Fox, Eye of the Storm and On Dangerous Ground have been filmed for television. 

He died at his home in Jersey, on 9 April 2022, at the age of 92.


Awards: ITW (2012)

Genres: Thriller, Children's Fiction
Martin Fallon
   1. Cry of the Hunter (1960) (as by Harry Patterson)
   2. A Prayer for the Dying (1973)
Paul Chavasse (as by Martin Fallon)
   1. The Testament of Caspar Schultz (1961)

     aka The Bormann Testament

   2. Year of the Tiger (1963)
   3. The Keys of Hell (1965)
   4. Midnight Never Comes (1966)
   5. The Dark Side of the Street (1967)
   6. A Fine Night for Dying (1969)
Nick Miller
   1. The Graveyard Shift (1965) (as by Harry Patterson)
   2. Brought in Dead (1967) (as by Harry Patterson)
   3. Hell Is Always Today (1968) (as by Harry Patterson)
Simon Vaughn (as by Martin Fallon)
   1. The Dark Side of the Street (1967)
   2. The Savage Day (1972)
   3. Day of Judgement (1978)
Liam Devlin
   1. The Eagle Has Landed (1975)
   2. Touch the Devil (1982)
   3. Confessional (1985)
   4. The Eagle Has Flown (1991)
Dougal Munro and Jack Carter
   1. Night of the Fox (1986)
   2. Cold Harbour (1990)
   3. Flight of Eagles (1998)
Sean Dillon
   1. Eye of the Storm (1992)
     aka Midnight Man
   2. Thunder Point (1993)
   3. On Dangerous Ground (1994)
   4. Angel of Death (1995)
   5. Drink with the Devil (1996)
   6. The President's Daughter (1996)
   7. The White House Connection (1999)
   8. Day of Reckoning (2000)
   9. Edge of Danger (2000)
   10. Midnight Runner (2002)
   11. Bad Company (2003)
   12. Dark Justice (2004)
   13. Without Mercy (2005)
   14. The Killing Ground (2007)
   15. Rough Justice (2008)
   16. A Darker Place (2008)
   17. Wolf at the Door (2009)
   18. The Judas Gate (2010)
   19. A Devil is Waiting (2012)
   20. The Death Trade (2013)
   21. Rain on the Dead (2014)
   22. The Midnight Bell (2016)
Rich and Jade (with Justin Richards)
   1. Sure Fire (2006)
   2. Death Run (2007)
   3. Sharp Shot (2009)
   4. First Strike (2009)
   Sad Wind from the Sea (1959) (as by Harry Patterson)
   The Thousand Faces of Night (1961) (as by Harry Patterson)
   Comes the Dark Stranger (1962) (as by Harry Patterson)
   Hell Is Too Crowded (1962) (as by Harry Patterson)
   The Dark Side of the Island (1963) (as by Harry Patterson)
   Pay the Devil (1963) (as by Harry Patterson)
   Sheba (1963) (as by Hugh Marlowe)
     aka Seven Pillars to Hell
   Dillinger (1964) (as by Harry Patterson)
     aka Thunder At Noon
   Passage By Night (1964) (as by Hugh Marlowe)
   A Phoenix in Blood (1964) (as by Harry Patterson)
   Wrath of the Lion (1964) (as by Harry Patterson)
   A Candle for the Dead (1966) (as by Hugh Marlowe)
     aka The Violent Enemy
   The Iron Tiger (1966) (as by Harry Patterson)
   East of Desolation (1968)
   In the Hour Before Midnight (1969)
     aka The Sicilian Heritage
   A Game for Heroes (1970) (as by James Graham)
   Night Judgement At Sinos (1970)
   Toll for the Brave (1971) (as by Harry Patterson)
   The Last Place God Made (1971)
   The Khufra Run (1972) (as by James Graham)
   The Wrath of God (1972) (as by James Graham)
   Bloody Passage (1974) (as by James Graham)
     aka The Run to Morning
   The Valhalla Exchange (1976)
   Storm Warning (1976)
   To Catch a King (1979) (as by Harry Patterson)
   Solo (1980)
     aka The Cretan Lover
   Luciano's Luck (1981)
   Exocet (1983)
   A Season in Hell (1988)
   Memoirs of a Dance Hall Romeo (1989)
Jack Higgins recommends
Hard Act (2017)
Glover Wright
"The most ingenious thriller I have read this year."
The Mullah's Storm (2010)
(Parson and Gold, book 1)
Tom Young
"A magnificent novel. Courage and honor in the face of the enemy have not been so brilliantly portrayed since the great novels of World War II."
The Berlin Conspiracy (2006)
(Jack Teller, book 1)
Tom Gabbay
"A cold war thriller of real brilliance."

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Books containing stories by Jack Higgins
Great Irish Tales of Horror (1995)
A Treasury of Fear
edited by
Peter Haining

2012 Thrillermaster

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