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Jack Higgins Books In Order

Publication Order of Paul Chavasse Books

The Testament of Caspar Schultz (1962) Description  Book  eBook
Year of the Tiger (1963) Description  Book  eBook
The Keys of Hell (1965) Description  Book  eBook
Midnight Never Comes (1966) Description  Book  eBook
Dark Side of the Street (1967) Description  Book  eBook
A Fine Night for Dying (1969) Description  Book  eBook

Publication Order of Nick Miller Books

The Graveyard Shift (1965) Description  Book  eBook
Brought in Dead (1967) Description  Book  eBook
Hell Is Always Today (1968) Description  Book  eBook

Publication Order of Simon Vaughn Books

The Savage Day (1972) Description  Book  eBook
Day of Judgement (1979) Description  Book  eBook

Chronological Order of Simon Vaughn Books

Day of Judgement (1979) Description  Book  eBook
The Savage Day (1972) Description  Book  eBook

Publication Order of Liam Devlin Books

The Eagle Has Landed (1975) Description  Book  eBook
Touch the Devil (1982) Description  Book  eBook
Confessional (1985) Description  Book  eBook
The Eagle Has Flown (1991) Description  Book  eBook

Publication Order of Dougal Munro & Jack Carter Books

Night of the Fox (1986) Description  Book  eBook
Cold Harbour (1989) Description  Book  eBook
Flight of Eagles (1998) Description  Book  eBook

Publication Order of Sean Dillon Books

Eye of the Storm (1992) Description  Book  eBook
Thunder Point (1993) Description  Book  eBook
On Dangerous Ground (1994) Description  Book  eBook
Angel of Death (1995) Description  Book  eBook
Drink with the Devil (1996) Description  Book  eBook
The President's Daughter (1997) Description  Book  eBook
The White House Connection (1998) Description  Book  eBook
Day of Reckoning (2000) Description  Book  eBook
Edge of Danger (2001) Description  Book  eBook
Midnight Runner (2002) Description  Book  eBook
Bad Company (2003) Description  Book  eBook
Dark Justice (2004) Description  Book  eBook
Without Mercy (2005) Description  Book  eBook
The Killing Ground (2008) Description  Book  eBook
Rough Justice (2008) Description  Book  eBook
A Darker Place (2009) Description  Book  eBook
The Wolf at the Door (2010) Description  Book  eBook
The Judas Gate (2011) Description  Book  eBook
A Devil is Waiting (2012) Description  Book  eBook
The Death Trade (2013) Description  Book  eBook
Rain on the Dead (2014) Description  Book  eBook

Publication Order of Chance Twins Books

Sure Fire (2006) Description  Book  eBook
Death Run (2007) Description  Book  eBook
Sharp Shot (2009) Description  Book  eBook
First Strike (2009) Description  Book  eBook

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Sad Wind from the Sea (1959) Description  Book  eBook
Cry of the Hunter (1960) Description  Book  eBook
The Thousand Faces of Night (1961) Description  Book  eBook
Comes the Dark Stranger (1962) Description  Book  eBook
Hell is Too Crowded (1962) Description  Book  eBook
The Dark Side of the Island (1963) Description  Book  eBook
Sheba (1963) Description  Book  eBook
Passage By Night (1964) Description  Book  eBook
The Violent Enemy (1966) Description  Book  eBook
East of Desolation (1968) Description  Book  eBook
In the Hour Before Midnight (1969) Description  Book  eBook
A Game for Heroes (1970) Description  Book  eBook
Night Judgement At Sinos (1970) Description  Book  eBook
Toll For The Brave (1971) Description  Book  eBook
The Wrath of God (1971) Description  Book  eBook
The Last Place God Made (1971) Description  Book  eBook
The Khufra Run (1972) Description  Book  eBook
The Savage Day (1972) Description  Book  eBook
A Prayer for the Dying (1973) Description  Book  eBook
The Run to Morning (1974) Description  Book  eBook
Storm Warning (1976) Description  Book  eBook
The Valhalla Exchange (1977) Description  Book  eBook
To Catch a King (1979) Description  Book  eBook
Solo (1980) Description  Book  eBook
Luciano's Luck (1981) Description  Book  eBook
Dillinger (1983) Description  Book  eBook
Exocet (1983) Description  Book  eBook
A Season in Hell (1988) Description  Book  eBook
Memoirs of a Dance Hall Romeo (1989) Description  Book  eBook
Pay the Devil (1999) Description  Book  eBook

Patterson has created more than 60 novels. Known as a master of suspense, thrills and mystery, this author took the literary world by storm with his 36th book. Under the name of Jack Higgins, Patterson released a variety of thrillers. His first bestseller as Higgins was The Eagle Has Landed (1975). This edgy thriller sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

Jack Higgins was born on July 27th, 1929 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Jack-Higgins is the main pseudonym for popular United Kingdom author, Harry Patterson. After his parent’s marriage dissolved, Patterson moved to Belfast, Ireland with his mother. As a boy, he was exposed to an immense amount of political and religious violence in Belfast. To escape the violence, he mother moved to Leeds, but the violence followed them there too. Patterson was not particularly fond of school and decided to leave without graduating. It wasn’t until he joined the British Army, did he feel at home. He served for two-years as a non-commissioned officer in the Household Calvary in the 1950’s In the army, he discovered that he possessed extraordinary intelligence and commendable sharpshooting abilities.

Once Patterson left the army, he enrolled in the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he studied sociology. He worked his way through school as labourer and driver. After graduation, he taught at a secondary school and began writing novels. He also taught liberal studies at Leeds Polytechnic. The success of his work allowed him to work part time. Eventually, he left teaching all together to become a full time writer. He now lives in the Channel Islands and publishes a book annually.


Patterson has written a plethora of novels underneath several pseudonyms of: Hug Malowe, James Graham, Martin Fallon, and Jack Higgin. In the beginning, Patterson made a modest career as a novelist. His books met moderate success, but were lackluster thrillers with stereotypical characters and very little intrigue. Patterson spent15 years and 35 publications learning the art of novel writing. In the late 1960’s Patterson began to use the pseudonym, Jack Higgins where he started to produce a few small bestsellers in the 70s. His 36th book, The Eagle Has Landed, put Higgins on the literary charts. The novel is set in England, and follows a German commando who is sent to England to kidnap Winston Churchill. After The Eagle Has Landed, came a series of captivating novels featuring the same protagonist (Touch the Devil, Confessional, and The Eagle Has Flown).

The Eye of the Storm, published in the year 1992, marked a turning point for Patterson. The book is about an unsuccessful assassination attempt on the Prime Minister by a young Irish gun-man, Sean Dillon. The next series of novels follows Dillon through various missions and mayhem. Many critics believe that Sean Dillon’s characterization is based off of a young Patterson.

As a whole, his novels have sold over 250 million copies and are available in over 50 languages. A lot of his books have also become films. As Jack Higgins, he was awarded with an honorary doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jack Higgins The Eagle Has Landed(1975)

This novel was Patterson’s first major success, and was written under the name Jack Higgins. The story is set in WWII as the allies are slowly starting to win the war. As a desperate last attempt, Hitler orders the kidnapping or assassination of Sir Winston Churchill. A rag tag team of commandoes led by a ex-hero venture into England to exact the deed. At the same time, an Irish assassin named Devlin, has made plans of his own.

The Eagle Has Flown (1991)

In this sequel, Hitler grows continuously isolated and more insane, he is more determined than ever to win the war. The Third Reich experiences a rash of betrayal and treason. German intelligence has discovered that they did not kill Officer Steiner, the paratrooper that thwarted their assassination attempt on Winston Churchill. They begin to tear through London, desperate to find him.

Liam Devlin

Liam Devlin first appears in The-Eagle-Has-Landed, but reappears in several of Higgin’s books. It is believed that Devlin is an amalgamation of several IRA veterans Frank Ryan( an IRA operative caught during the Spanish Civil War). Later in Higgin’s books, Devlin acts as a mentor to Sean Dillon and Martin Brosnan (leads in later series).

Sean Dillon

Sean Dillon is perhaps Jack Higgins’ most notable character as he has made appearances in over 20 Higgins novels. His first appearance was in the book, Eye-of-the-Storm (Midnight Man). At age 19, he joins the IRA after his father is killed in the crossfire of a gun fight between the British and the IRA. His mentor is Liam Devlin, the main protagonist of Higgins’ The Eagle Has Landed. Dillon is an excellent marksman and great actor. He uses these skills to his advantage during his missions. He becomes known as “ The Man of 1000 Faces.” Over th course of Higgin’s books, the character leaves the IRA to become a mercenary for hire, managing to avoid the authorities at every turn. Dillon is also an expert scuba diver and pilot who has mastered many different languages, and disguises. .

Film and Television Adaptations

Many of Jack Higgins’ books were adapted into films. The Violent Enemy was filmed and then banned by the Foreign-Office. Many believed it was banned for political-reasons. The-Wrath-of-God, became a MGM classic and was the last film of the great Rita Hayworth’s career. The-Eagle-Has-Landed; A-Prayer-for-the-Dying, was one of the most controversial films in the 1980’s. It starred Mickey-Rourke and Bob-Hoskins. Thunder Point was adapted into a film and was taped in the Caribbean in 1996. He has also had several television movies released. On Dangerous Ground, Eye-of-the-Storm, and Night-of-the-Fox, and Confessional were all successful television films. Touch of the Devil and Luciano’s Luck were also filmed for television.

Jack Higgins has thrilled the world and captured the imaginations of his fans by bringing them tales of espionage, war, and military intelligence. His books have sold over 250 million copies across the world. His works have-been translated-into more than 55 languages and have sparked several series and classic beloved characters over thirty years.