Thrilling Writers

by lawrenceconwayvulcan | created - 19 Dec 2015 | updated - 26 Oct 2016 | Public

Authors of page turning novels that have been adapted to the screen

1. Ian Fleming

Writer | Casino Royale

Born into a wealthy and influential English family, Ian Fleming spent his early years attending top British schools such as Eton and Sandhurst military academy. He took to writing while schooling in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and upon failing the entrance requirements for Foreign Service joined the news ...

Casino Royale, Live And Let Die, Goldfinger, On Her Majestry Secret Service, et al

2. Tom Clancy

Writer | The Hunt for Red October

Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October (1990). Born in Baltimore to a U.S. Post Office employee and his wife on April 12, 1947, Clancy graduated from Loyola Blakefield,...

The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, The Sum Of All Fears

3. Lee Child

Writer | Jack Reacher

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic centre of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was 12. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were ...

One Shot (filmed as Jack Reacher), Never Go Back (filmed as Jack Reacher: Never Go Back)

4. Frederick Forsyth

Writer | The Day of the Jackal

Frederick Forsyth was youngest pilot of the Royal Airforce, joining at the age of 19. He then became a journalist and worked for Reuters in several European capitals. Now he is a thriller author and his books have been sold over 35 million times worldwide.

The Day Of The Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs Of War, The Fourth Protocol

5. Alistair MacLean

Writer | Where Eagles Dare

Film rights to his novel, Night Without End, were acquired by Paramount in 1959 for producers George Seaton and William Perlberg. Novelist Eric Ambler was hired to write the screenplay, while William Holden, Debbie Reynolds and Lilli Palmer were cast in lead roles. As late as 1961, the producers ...

The Guns Of Navorone, Where Eagles Dare, Ice Station Zebra, et al

6. Jack Higgins

Writer | The Eagle Has Landed

Jack Higgins was born on July 27, 1929 in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England as Harry Patterson. He is a writer, known for The Eagle Has Landed (1976), A Prayer for the Dying (1987) and The Violent Enemy (1967).

The Eagle Has Landed, A Prayer For The Dying

7. James Herbert

Writer | Deadly Eyes

James Herbert was born on April 8, 1943 in East End, London, England. He was a writer, known for Deadly Eyes (1982), The Survivor (1981) and Shrine. He was married to Eileen O'Donnell. He died on March 20, 2013 in Woodmancote, Henfield, West Sussex, England.

Haunted

8. Stephen King

Writer | Maximum Overdrive

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock", but used the last name ...

Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone et al

9. Robert Ludlum

Writer | The Bourne Supremacy

Robert Ludlum was born on May 25, 1927 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Legacy (2012). He was married to Karen Dunn and Mary Patricia Ryducha. He died on March 12, 2001 in Naples, Florida, USA.

The Bourne Supremacy, The Holcroft Convenet, The Ostermen Weekend et al

10. Mickey Spillane

Writer | The Girl Hunters

Mickey Spillane, the king of the pulp novelists in the post-WW II period, sold an estimated 200 million copies globally. He was born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, New York. Young Frank's mother was a Protestant who bestowed on him his middle name "Morrison", but his Irish Catholic father, ...

Kiss Me Deadly

11. Jeffery Deaver

Writer | The Bone Collector

Jeffery Deaver was born on May 6, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Jeffery Wilds Deaver. He is a writer and actor, known for The Bone Collector (1999), Lincoln and The Devil's Teardrop (2010).

The Bone Collecter

12. Martin Cruz Smith

Writer | Gorky Park

Martin Cruz Smith was born on November 3, 1942 in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA as Martin William Smith. He is a writer, known for Gorky Park (1983), Nightwing (1979) and The Art of Crime (1975).

Gorky Park

13. Craig Thomas

Writer | Firefox

Craig Thomas was born on November 24, 1942 in Cardiff, Wales. He was a writer, known for Firefox (1982) and Clint Eastwood: Director (1982). He was married to Jill. He died on April 4, 2011 in Somerset, England.

Firefox

14. Len Deighton

Writer | Only When I Larf

Len Deighton was born on February 18, 1929 in Marylebone, London, England as Leonard Cyril Deighton. He is a writer and producer, known for Only When I Larf (1968), Spy Story (1976) and SS-GB (2017).

The IPCRESS File, Funeral in Berlin, Billion Dollar Brain

15. John le Carré

Writer | The Constant Gardener

He was born in Poole, Dorset in England on October 19th, 1931. He went to Sherborne School and, later, studied German literature for one year at University of Bern. Later, he went to Lincoln College, Oxford and graduated in Modern Languages. From 1956 to 1958, he taught at Eton and from 1959 to ...

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Russia House et al

16. Arthur Conan Doyle

Writer | Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. He was a writer and producer, known for Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock (2010) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984). He was married to Jean Leckie and Louisa Hawkins. He died on July 7, 1930 ...

The Hound of The Baskervilles, The Sign Of Four, The Lost World et al.

17. Agatha Christie

Writer | Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie

Agatha was born as "Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller" in 1890 to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clara Boehmer. Agatha was of American and British descent, her father being American and her mother British. Her father was a relatively affluent stockbroker. Agatha received home education from early childhood ...

Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, Evil Under The Sun et al

18. John Buchan

Writer | The 39 Steps

John Buchan was born on August 26, 1875 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland as John Norman Stuart Buchan. He was a writer, known for The 39 Steps (1935), The 39 Steps (1959) and Huntingtower (1927). He was married to Susan Charlotte Grosvenor. He died on February 11, 1940 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The 39 Steps

19. Thomas Harris

Writer | The Silence of the Lambs

Thomas Harris was born in 1940 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He was raised in the town of Rich where his father worked as a farmer. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Baylor University in Texas in 1964. While attending school, he also worked for the local newspaper.

After graduating, ...

Black Sunday, Red Dragon, Silence Of The Lambs et al

20. Dan Brown

Writer | Inferno

Dan Brown was born on June 22, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Inferno (2016), The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009). He has been married to Blythe Newlon since 1997.

The Da Vinci Code, Angels And Demons

21. Wilbur Smith

Writer | The Mercenaries

Wilbur Smith was born on January 9, 1933 in Rhodesia as Wilbur Addison Smith. He is a writer, known for Dark of the Sun (1968), Shout at the Devil (1976) and The Last Lion (1972).

Shout At The Devil, Gold Mine (filmed as Gold)

22. Clive Cussler

Writer | Sahara

Probably one of the greatest adventure novelists of our time. When his novel "Raise the Titanic" was bought for $840,000 by Viking Publishing in 1976, it put him on the map after 11 years of hard work. Before his success with RTT, he previously had written "Pacific Vortex", which wasn't published ...

Rise The Titanic, Saraha

23. Nelson DeMille

Writer | The General's Daughter

Nelson DeMille was born Nelson Richard DeMille to Huron and Antonio DeMille on August 23, 1943 in New York City. Mr. DeMille served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969 and earned the rank of First Lieutenant. Part of that time was served during the Vietnam War (in Quang Tri Provence, from November '...

The General's Daughter

24. Trevor Dudley Smith

Writer | The Flight of the Phoenix

His son Jean-Pierre Trevor worked as a Hollywood matte artist, specializing in photo-realistic background paintings.

The Quiller Memorandum

25. Roderick Thorp

Writer | Die Hard

Novelist, short-story writer, teacher -- and private detective. He wrote two novels that would be turned into theatrical films, "The Detective" (1966), which became The Detective (1968); and "Nothing Lasts Forever" (1979), which became Die Hard (1988). His 1986 novel "Rainbow Drive" was later ...

The Detective, Nothing Lasts Forever (filmed as Die Hard)

26. Walter Wager

Writer | Die Hard 2

Graduated from Harvard Law School. Was a Fullbright Fellow at the Sorbonne in Paris, and diplomatic advisor to Israel's Director of Civil Aviation, and editor of "Playbill" & "Show". Has written articles to magazines, written novles under a psuedonym and written documetaries for television and for ...

Telefon, Viper Three (filmed as Twilight's Last Gleaming) 58 Minutes (filmed as Die Hard 2)

27. Scott Turow

Writer | Presumed Innocent

Scott Turow was born on April 12, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Presumed Innocent (1990), Rochelle (2012) and Reversible Errors (2004). He has been married to Annette Turow since 1971. They have three children.

Presumed Innocent

28. David Morrell

Writer | First Blood

David Morrell was born in 1943, shortly after his father was killed in action. His mother could not both raise him and have a job, so David was sent to an orphange. He went to Pennsylvania State University from 1966-70, where he was inspired by his teacher, writer William Tenn. In 1972 he wrote ...

First Blood

29. Elmore Leonard

Writer | Out of Sight

Elmore Leonard was born on October 11, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Elmore John Leonard Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Out of Sight (1998), Justified (2010) and Get Shorty (1995). He was married to Christine Kent, Joan Shepard and Beverly Claire Cline. He died on August 20, ...

Rum Punch (filmed as Jackie Brown)

30. James Patterson

Writer | Alex Cross

James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947 in Newburgh, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Alex Cross (2012), Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001). He has been married to Susan Lori Solie since 1997. They have one child.

Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider



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