BALTIMORE (October 2, 2013)--Tom Clancy, the best-selling author of "The Hunt for Red October" and other wildly successful technological thrillers, has died at the age of 66 in Baltimore, Penguin Group (USA) said Wednesday.
The publisher did not disclose the cause of death.
Clancy arrived on best-seller lists in 1984 with "The Hunt for Red October."
He sold the manuscript to the first publisher he tried, the Naval Institute Press, which had never before bought original fiction.
A string of other hits soon followed, including "Red Storm Rising," ''Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger."
Clancy said his dream was simply to publish a book, one he hoped would be good, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog.
Several of his books were later made into movies.