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Jack Higgins

(Harry Patterson)
UK (1929 - )

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 since 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, and Touch the Devil and Luciano's Luck are at present in production. Most of his books are published or forthcoming in Signet or Penguin, and include Drink with the Devil, The President's Daughter and Flight of Eagles. 

In 1995 Jack Higgins was awarded an honorary doctorate by Leeds Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an expert scuba diver and marksman. He lives on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Genres: Thriller

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)
Dougal Munro and Jack Carter
1. Night of the Fox (1986)
2. Cold Harbour (1990)
3. Flight of Eagles (1998)

Sad Wind from the Sea (1959) (as by Harry Patterson)
Cry of the Hunter (1960) (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)
Seven Pillars to Hell (1963) (as by Hugh Marlowe)
     aka Sheba
Passage By Night (1964) (as by Hugh Marlowe)
A Phoenix in Blood (1964) (as by Harry Patterson)
Thunder At Noon (1964) (as by Harry Patterson)
     aka Dillinger
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 Wrath of God (1972) (as by James Graham)
A Prayer for the Dying (1973)
The Khufra Run (1973) (as by James Graham)
The Run to Morning (1974) (as by James Graham)
     aka Bloody Passage
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

The Fireman (1989)
Stephen Leather
"In the top rank of thriller writers."
Eighth Day
Eighth Day (1991)
Glover Wright
"The work of a master thriller writer."
House of Fire
House of Fire (1995)
Conor Cregan
"A remarkable thriller."

A Flash of Red (1996)
(Tyler Vance, book 1)
Clay Harvey
"One of the best thriller debuts in years."
Affairs of State
Affairs of State (1996)
Tony MacAulay
"A major new talent. The best thing of its kind since The Day of the Jackal."
Quicksand (1996)
(Alec Hillsden)
Bryan Forbes
"He has moved to the very front rank of world thriller writers."
A Different War
A Different War (1997)
(Mitchell Gant, book 3)
Craig Thomas
"In a class by itself a chillingly, superbly researched thriller."
Nimitz Class
Nimitz Class (1997)
(Arnold Morgan, book 1)
Patrick Robinson
"An absolutely marvellous thriller, one of the best things of its kind I have read in years."

Storm Crow (1998)
(Storm Crow, book 1)
Jeff Gulvin
"Absolutely marvellous. One of the best thrillers I've read this year."

A Game of Spies (2002)
John Altman
"If there are thriller writers better than this, I'd like to know who they are."

Cold Monday (2003)
Terence Strong
"Extremely good."
The Berlin Conspiracy
The Berlin Conspiracy (2006)
(Jack Teller, book 1)
Tom Gabbay
"A cold war thriller of real brilliance."

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."

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