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Jack Higgins Books In Order

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Publication Order of Martin Fallon Books

Cry of the Hunter (As: Harry Patterson) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Prayer for the Dying (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Paul Chavasse Books

as Martin Fallon
The Bormann Testament / The Testament of Caspar Schultz (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Year of the Tiger (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Keys of Hell (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Never Comes (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Side of the Street (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fine Night for Dying (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Nick Miller Books

as Harry Patterson
The Graveyard Shift (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brought in Dead (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell is Always Today (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Simon Vaughn Books

as Martin Fallon
Dark Side of the Street (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Savage Day (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day of Judgment (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Liam Devlin Books

The Eagle Has Landed (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Touch the Devil (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Confessional (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eagle Has Flown (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dougal Munro and Jack Carter Books

Night of the Fox (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Harbour (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flight of Eagles (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sean Dillon Books

Eye of the Storm / Midnight Man (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thunder Point (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Dangerous Ground (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel of Death (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Drink with the Devil (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The President's Daughter (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The White House Connection (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day of Reckoning (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Edge of Danger (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Runner (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Company (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Justice (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Without Mercy (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Killing Ground (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rough Justice (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Darker Place (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wolf at the Door (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Judas Gate (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Devil is Waiting (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death Trade (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rain on the Dead (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Midnight Bell (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chance Twins/Rich and Jade Books

with Justin Richards
Sure Fire (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Run (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sharp Shot (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Strike (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Sad Wind from the Sea (As:Harry Patterson) (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Thousand Faces of Night (As:Harry Patterson) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell Is Too Crowded (As:Harry Patterson) (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Comes the Dark Stranger (As:Harry Patterson) (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Pillars to Hell / Sheba (As:Hugh Marlowe) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pay the Devil (As:Harry Patterson) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Side of the Island (As:Harry Patterson) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Phoenix in the Blood (As:Harry Patterson) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wrath of the Lion (As:Harry Patterson) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Passage by Night (As:Hugh Marlowe) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thunder at Noon / Dillinger (As:Harry Patterson) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Iron Tiger (As:Harry Patterson) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Candle for the Dead / The Violent Enemy (As:Hugh Marlowe) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
East of Desolation (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Hour Before Midnight / The Sicilian Heritage (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Game for Heroes (As:James Graham) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Judgement at Sinos (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wrath of God (As:James Graham) (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Place God Made (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Toll for the Brave (As:Harry Patterson) (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Khufra Run (As:James Graham) (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Run to Morning / Bloody Passage (As:James Graham) (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Storm Warning (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Valhalla Exchange (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Catch a King (As:Harry Patterson) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Solo / The Cretan Lover (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Luciano's Luck (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exocet (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Season in Hell (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Memoirs of a Dance-Hall Romeo (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Great Irish Tales of Horror(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the name of Jack Higgins, Harry 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. He unfortunately passed in April of 2022. 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.

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13 Responses to “Jack Higgins”

  1. David Milbourne: 1 day ago

    Having served in the British Army I am impressed with Higgin’s knowledge. His military service has enabled him to write his books with such accuracy.

  2. Henry Alvarez: 1 month ago

    I’m 81, half blind and I love Jack Higgen’s novels, especially the ones with Liam Devlin. I read them as therapy after graduate school, donated them to the public library who had none of his works. Now I’m collecting them again and enjoying them as much as I did 40 year ago.

  3. Margaret Peek: 9 months ago

    A Favourite read along with James Patterson.
    Saw him about 50 yrs ago jogging with his dog on
    the beach in Jersey.
    We mill miss you Jack, you made it to the top.

  4. Alan Evans: 10 months ago

    Jack Higgins is one of the best authors that’s ever lived read every book he has wrote

  5. Theodore McGuire: 2 years ago

    Mr. Higgins. Could you write a fiction book that portrays the Irish, Green and Orange, putting their religious differences aside and uniting as one nation to throw out the British? Make it during the 1800s and have Scotland as allies who attack south into Northern England to relieve Ireland of some of the British troops. Make it a multiple book series which ends with the King of England and the Prime Minister surrendering outside of Buckingham Palace to the Scotts and Irish.

  6. Angela Dunn: 2 years ago

    I love jack higgings books especially the Sean Dillon ones he has to be my favourite author. Once I start one of his books I never want to put it down until I have finished it. It would be great to see a lot more of his books turned into movies.

  7. Angela Dunn: 2 years ago

    I love jack higgings books especially the Sean Dillon one she has to be my favourite author. Once I start one of his books I never want to put it down until I have finished it. It would be great to see a lot more of his books turned into movies.

    • Anthony Holmes: 2 years ago

      I have read about 40 of his books. My favourite author as well.

    • Peter Downie: 3 months ago

      I am 62 and have been reading Jack higgins since early 70’s I believe I have almost all of his novels. Doesn’t matter how many times you read them they never get boring and once started you can’t put down.

  8. Bill Sebet: 2 years ago

    Is someone going to take over his Sean Dillon series, it would be a shame to not continue it?

    • Gary: 1 year ago

      Oh, wouldn’t that be nice?? We can only hope.

    • Geoff Corbett: 2 weeks ago

      I hope so even if it is to bring the series to an end.

  9. Dr. Mweemba Mwiinga: 2 years ago

    Its true that Jack Higgins is by far one of the best authors of all time. I read Touch the devil when i was still young, some 35 years ago, and i must say it still remains my best read. Just wondering why it hasn’t been adapted into a movie….or has it?


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