Bestselling British spy thriller author Jack Higgins died at his home on Saturday. He was 92 years old. His death was announced by his publisher, HarperCollins, which released a statement calling the writer’s passing “the end of an era.”
Higgins, whose real name was Henry Patterson, shot to prominence with his 1975 title ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, which centers on a fictional WWII plot to kidnap British PM Winston Churchill. The following year, the novel was made into a popular film starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall.