Author Tom Clancy, seen in 2004, was an insurance agent before publishing The Hunt For Red October in 1984.
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October 3, 2013 Also: Dave Eggers responds to allegations that he lifted another writer's work; Jim Crace on the new rules for the Man Booker prize; the problem of depicting female beauty in novels.
Author Tom Clancy in 2003.
October 2, 2013 The best-selling writer of such military and espionage novels as The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising and Patriot Games was 66.
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