Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died at age 66

 
 
FILE - OCTOBER 2, 2013: Author Tom Clancy, 66, has died on October 2, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. WASHINGTON - JUNE 1: Author Tom Clancy listens to questions during a discussion June 1, 2004 in Washington, DC. The discussion with the authors of "Battle Ready," Clancy and USMC Ret. General Anthony Zinni, the former Commander-in-Chief of CENTCOM, was hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
FILE - OCTOBER 2, 2013: Author Tom Clancy, 66, has died on October 2, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. WASHINGTON - JUNE 1: Author Tom Clancy listens to questions during a discussion June 1, 2004 in Washington, DC. The discussion with the authors of "Battle Ready," Clancy and USMC Ret. General Anthony Zinni, the former Commander-in-Chief of CENTCOM, was hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Tom Clancy, the best-selling author of The Hunt for Red October and other wildly successful technological thrillers, has died. He was 66.

Penguin Group (USA) said Wednesday that Clancy died Tuesday in Baltimore. The publisher did not disclose a cause of death.

Clancy arrived on best-seller 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 hits soon followed, including Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.

Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. Several of his books were later made into movies.

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