TOM CLANCY, whose high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, is dead. He was 66.
Penguin Group (USA) said Wednesday that Clancy had died Tuesday in Baltimore.
The publisher did not disclose a cause of death. Clancy arrived on bestseller lists in 1984 with The Hunt for Red October.
He sold the manuscript to the first publisher he tried, the Naval Institute Press, which had never bought original fiction.
A string of other bestsellers soon followed, including Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, and Without Remorse