British writer Jack Higgins, who wrote “The Eagle Has Landed” and different bestselling thrillers and espionage novels, has died
LONDON — British writer Jack Higgins, who wrote “The Eagle Has Landed” and different bestselling thrillers and espionage novels, has died. He changed into 92.
Publisher HarperCollins stated that Higgins died at his domestic at the English Channel island of Jersey surrounded through his own circle of relatives.
Born Henry Patterson in in Newcastle, England, in July 1929, Higgins served withinside the army earlier than reading sociology on the London School of Economics. He have become a trainer withinside the northern metropolis of Leeds and a creator in his spare time, with novels that offered modestly beginning withinside the overdue 1950s.
That modified with the 1975 ebook of “The Eagle Has Landed,” approximately a fictional World War II plot to kidnap British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Higgins stated a pivotal name from his accountant.
“He requested me what I desired to get out of my writing,” Higgins stated. “I spoke back that I wasn’t actually sure, earlier than including as a shaggy dog story it’d be great to make one million by the point I retired. He then stated: ‘Well you’re a bloody fool. Because you’ve simply earned that tons this week. So what are you going to do approximately it?’”
He changed into recommended to depart England due to Nineteen Seventies taxation quotes and settled together along with his own circle of relatives on Jersey.
“The Eagle Has Landed” have become extra famous after the 1976 movie model changed into released. Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall had been a number of the stars of the eponymously named film that changed into a field workplace success.
In a statement, HarperCollins leader government Charlie Redmayne stated Higgins’ dying marked “the cease of an era.”
“I’ve been keen on Jack Higgins for longer than I can remember. He changed into a traditional mystery creator: instinctive, tough, relentless,” he stated.
“The Eagle Has Landed and his different Liam Devlin books, his later Sean Dillon series, and such a lot of others had been and continue to be sincerely unputdownable.”
Patterson wrote almost eighty books, maximum beneathneath 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 publisher’s website, the novels have offered extra than 250 million copies and been translated into dozens of languages.
His survivors encompass his wife, Denise, and 4 kids from his preceding marriage.