British novelist Harry Patterson first began writing under the pseudonym Jack Higgins with his 1966 novel "The Iron Tiger." He published "East of Desolation" in 1968, "In the Hour Before Midnight" and "The Sicilian Heritage" in 1969, and "Night Judgement at Sinos" in 1970. A full list of Jack Higgins' publication history in chronological order is available on BookSeriesInOrder.com.
Jack Higgins wrote three more novels until he found wide success under the pseudonym with "A Prayer for the Dying" in 1973, and "The Eagle Has Landed" in 1975. Tom Mankiewicz adapted the "The Eagle Has Landed" into a screenplay, and a film based on the novel was released the following year. Directed by John Sturges, the film stars actors Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. A sequel to the 1975 novel, titled "The Eagle Has Flown," was published in 1991.
"A Prayer for the Dying" was made into a film in 1987, starring Mickey Rourke. Higgins 1985 novel "Confessional" became a television miniseries in 1989, and he had five other novels turned into television films. Some of the novels to be adapted for television were his 1986 novel "Night of the Fox," his 1992 novel "Eye of the Storm," his 1993 novel "Thunder Point" and his 1994 novel "On Dangerous Ground."
Between 1962 and 1969 the author wrote the Paul Chavasse series, and between 1992 and 2014, he wrote 21 books in the Sean Dillon series. Dillon is one of Higgins' most notable characters; the character joined the IRA at the age of 19 and later became a mercenary.