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I probably didn't understand everything in it — for years I used to pronounce the word rogue as rogger —but I didn't care. I just loved reading. He proved to be an indifferent student and left school with few formal qualifications. In he began two years of National Service , at first with the East Yorkshire Regiment ,  and later as a non-commissioned officer in the Royal Horse Guards Regiment of the Household Cavalry  doing security work on the East German border.
After leaving the army, he returned to London to study Sociology at the London School of Economics while supporting himself as a driver and labourer at night. He chose the school for its "history of nonconformism".
In , Higgins began writing novels. The growing success of his early work allowed him to take time off from his teaching, and he eventually left the classroom to become a full-time novelist. Patterson's early novels, written under his own name as "Harry Patterson" as well as under the pseudonyms James Graham, Martin Fallon, and Hugh Marlowe, are thrillers that typically feature hardened, cynical heroes, ruthless villains, and dangerous locales. Patterson published thirty-five such novels sometimes three or four a year between and , learning his craft.
East of Desolation , A Game for Heroes and The Savage Day stand out among his early work for their vividly drawn settings Greenland , the Channel Islands, and Belfast, respectively and offbeat plots. Patterson began using the pseudonym Jack Higgins in the late s; his first minor bestsellers appeared in the early s, two contemporary thrillers The Savage Day and A Prayer for the Dying  but it was the publication of his thirty-sixth book, The Eagle Has Landed , in , that made Higgins' reputation.
The Eagle Has Landed represented a step forward in the length and depth of Patterson's work. Its plot concerns with a German commando unit sent into England to kidnap Winston Churchill , and is reminiscent of Alberto Cavalcanti 's wartime film Went the Day Well? The main character is Irish gunman, poet, and philosopher Liam Devlin.
The third phase of Patterson's career began with the publication of Eye of the Storm in , a fictionalised retelling of an unsuccessful mortar attack on Prime Minister John Major by a ruthless young Irish gunman-philosopher named Sean Dillon , hired by an Iraqi millionaire.
Cast as the central character over the next series of novels 22 to date, out of 43 published between and , it is apparent that Dillon is in many ways an amalgamation of Patterson's previous heroes — Chavasse with his flair for languages, Nick Miller's familiarity with martial arts and jazz keyboard skills, Simon Vaughan's Irish roots, facility with firearms and the cynicism that comes with assuming the responsibility of administering a justice unavailable through a civilized legal system.
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