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Friday, October 27, 2006

Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins is the principal pseudonym of UK novelist Harry Patterson (b. 1929). Patterson is the author of more than sixty novels. Most have been thrillers of various types and, since his breakthrough novel The Eagle Has Landed in 1975, nearly all have been best-sellers.

Patterson's early novels, written under his own name as well as under the pseudonyms James Graham, Martin Fallon, and Hugh Marlowe, are brisk, competent, but essentially forgettable thrillers that typically feature hardened, cynical heroes, ruthless villains, and dangerous locales. Patterson published thirty-five such novels--sometimes three or four a year--between 1959 and 1974, learning his craft (as many thriller writers have, in the world of paperback originals). East of Desolation (1968), A Game for Heroes (1970) and The Savage Day (1972) stand out among his early work for their vividly drawn settings (Greenland, the Channel Islands, and Belfast, respectively) and offbeat plots.

Patterson began using the pseudonym "Jack Higgins" in the late 1960s, but it was the publication of The Eagle Has Landed in 1975 that made "Higgins'" reputation. Eagle represented a step forward in the length and depth of Patterson's work. Its plot (concerned with a German commando unit sent into England to kidnap Winston Churchill) was fresh and innovative (although the plot is clearly reminiscent of Cavalcanti's wartime film "Went The Day Well?"), and the characters had significantly more depth than in his earlier work. One in particular stood out: Irish gunman, poet, and philosopher Liam Devlin. Higgins followed Eagle (which sold tens of millions of copies worldwide) with a series of equally ambitious thrillers, including several (Touch the Devil, Confessional, The Eagle Has Flown) featuring return appearances by Devlin.

The third phase of Patterson's career began with the publication of Eye of the Storm in 1992. A fictionalized retelling of an unsuccessful mortar attack on Prime Minister John Major by a ruthless young Irish gunman-philosopher named Sean Dillon hired by an Iraqi millionaire. Recruited by British intelligence at the beginning of the next novel, Thunder Point (1993), Dillon became Patterson's first real continuing character - a Liam Devlin for the 1990s and beyond.

Jack Higgins is the principal pseudonym of British novelist Harry Patterson (born July 27, 1929). Patterson is the author of more than sixty novels. Most have been thrillers of various types and, since his breakthrough novel The Eagle Has Landed in 1975, nearly all have been best-sellers.
Sheba.lit
Night of the Fox.lit
Confessional.lit
Dark Side of the Street.lit
Dillinger.lit
Drink With The Devil.lit
Eagle Has Flown.lit
Eagle Has Landed.lit
East Of Desolation.lit
Hour Before Midnight.lit
Iron Tiger.lit
Last Place God Made.lit
Savage Day.lit
Season In Hell.pdf
The President's Daughter.lit
Violent Enemy.pdf
Wrath Of The Lion 1964.lit
Dark Side Of The Island.lit

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