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Best-selling author Tom Clancy dies at 66

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BALTIMORE — Tom Clancy, the author whose novels “The Hunt for Red October” and “Patriot Games” subsequently inspired blockbuster movies and action-packed video games, died Tuesday after a brief illness at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 66. His lawyer, Thomas Webb, confirmed his death.

“When he published ‘The Hunt for Red October’ he redefined and expanded the genre and as a consequence of that, a lot of people were able to publish such books who had previously been unable to do so,” said Stephen C. Hunter, an author and former Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for The Washington Post. “He valued technical precision and on-target writing that became the form of the modern thriller.”

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