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Autos Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Master of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66 By Erica Berenstein David Burnett/GP Putnam Sons, via Associated Press Tom Clancy, Spinner of Suspense: Mr Clancy's military thrillers were blockbuster hits on the best-seller list, at the box office and even in the gaming world. Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels spawned a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the world's best-known and best-selling authors, died on Tuesday in Baltimore. More Photos Mr Clancy, who grew up in Baltimore, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a brief illness, his lawyer, J W Thompson Webb, said on Wednesday. Neither Mr Webb nor Mr Clancy's longtime publisher, Ivan Held, president of G P Putnam's Sons, said he knew the precise cause of death. Mr Clancy's debut book, "The Hunt for Red October," was frequently cited as one of the greatest genre novels ever written. With the book's publication in 1984, Mr Clancy introduced a new kind of potboiler: an espionage thriller dense with technical details about weaponry, submarines and intelligence agencies. More than 100 million copies of his novels are in print, and a remarkable 17 have reached No. Prolific until his death, Mr Clancy had been awaiting publication of his next book, "Command Authority," set for Dec. Some were adapted by Hollywood and became blockbusters starring Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck as Mr Clancy's hero protagonist, Jack Ryan. Mr Clancy arranged for his thrillers to be turned into video games that were so realistic, the military licensed them for training. And on television, fast-paced espionage using high-tech tools in the Clancy mold found a place in popular shows like "24" and "Homeland." The enterprises made Mr Clancy a millionaire many times over and a familiar figure on the pop-culture landscape, frequently seen in photographs wearing a baseball cap and aviator sunglasses and holding a cigarette. With his riches he acquired an 80-acre farm on the Chesapeake Bay. It was all a far cry from his days as a Maryland insurance salesman writing on the side in pursuit of literary aspirations and submitting his manuscript for "The Hunt for Red October" to the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis, Md An editor there, Deborah Grosvenor, became mesmerized by the book, a cold war tale set on a Soviet submarine. Mr Clancy was an unknown, and the publisher had no experience with fiction. She was also concerned that the novel had too many technical descriptions, and asked Mr Clancy to make cuts. He complied, trimming at least 100 pages while making revisions. "I said, I think we have a potential best seller here, and if we don't grab this thing, somebody else would,' " Ms Grosvenor, now a literary agent, said in an interview on Wednesday. "But he had this innate storytelling ability, and his characters had this very witty dialogue. The gift of the Irish, or whatever it was -- the man could tell a story." The press paid $5,000 for the book, publishing it in 1984. "The Hunt for Red October" became a runaway best seller when President Ronald Reagan, who had been handed a copy, called it "my kind of yarn" and said that he couldn't put it down. But its details about Soviet submarines, weaponry, satellites and fighter planes raised suspicions. Even high-ranking members of the military took notice of the book's apparent inside knowledge. While he spent time on military bases, visited the Pentagon and dined with military leaders, he said, he did not want to know any classified information. "I hang my hat on getting as many things right as I can," Mr Clancy once said in an interview. "I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real -- that's the spooky part." Next Page A version of this article appears in print on October 3, 2013, on page A28 of the New York edition with the headline: Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Master ofMilitary Thrillers, Dies at 66.