1929- [pseud. of Harry Patterson]; b. N. England; moved to Belfast with his mother on break-up o her marriage; later moved to Leeds; left school early; joined Army; served with Household Cavalry [Royal Horse Guard] in East Germany; afterwards worked in London as labourer and driver; grad. in sociology and sociopathology at London Univ.; worked as teacher; commenced writing, 1959; best known for The Eagle has Landed (1975); issued Eye of the Storm (1992), a fictional account of the attempted assassination of Margaret Thatcher by the ruthless IRA-man Sean Dillon and his colleagues; also Thunder Point (1993), in which Dillon is recruited by British intelligence; Higgins lives in Jersey with family.
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The Dark Side of the Island (1963); The Year of the Tiger (1963); The Keys of Hell (1965); The Iron Tiger (1966); Midnight Never Comes (1966); Dark Side of the Street (1967); A Candle for the Dead (1966; also as The Violent Enemy 1969); East of Desolation (1968); In the Hour Before Midnight (1969); A Fine Night for Dying (1970); Night Judgement at Sinos (1970); The Last Place God Made (1971); The Savage Day (1972); A Prayer for the Dying (1973); The Eagle has Landed (1975); Day of Judgement (1978); Stormwarning (; To Catch a King (1979); Solo (1980); Comes the Dark Stranger (1982); The Valhalla Exchange ; Lucianos Luck ; Exocet ; Dillinger ; Night for the Fox ; Confessional ; The Kufra Run . (All listed in Jürgen Schneider & Ralf Sotscheck, Ireland: Eine Bibliographie selbständiger deutschsprachiger, Verlag
Georg Büchner 1989.)
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