Tom Clancy, author of ‘Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Patriot Games,’ dead at 66Submitted by barracuda_trader on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 11:02
Tom Clancy, pictured at a New York book signing in 2003, died Tuesday night in a Baltimore hospital, his hospital reported.
Tom Clancy, the best-selling author whose espionage thrillers set the bar for military , died Tuesday night, the New York Times reported.
He was 66.
Clancy’s last book was 2012’s ‘Threat Vector.’
Bestselling author Tom Clancy is seen in this undated handout photo.
Clancy published his first book, "The Hunt for Red October," in 1984. The novel sold more than five million copies, and became the basis for a hit 1990 film starring Alec Baldwin and Sean COnnery. By 1988, Clancy had netted a $3 million contract with Putnam Penguin Publishing for his next three books.
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Though best known for his novels, Clancy began his career working in an independent insurance agency. In 1993, the novelist joined a team of investors to buy the Baltimore Orioles from Eli Jacobs. He remained a part-time owner of the team until his death.