American writer Mary Higgins Clark , mystery novelist, whose books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone, died on Friday in Naples, Fla., aged 92.
She was born in Bronx. Her father was an Irish immigrant. Her heroes were most often female. She said that she wrote about “nice people whose lives are invaded.” Higgins Clark described herself in her younger years as “aching, yearning, burning” to write. Her debut novel was a fictionalized account of the life of George Washington but did not sell well. Her first successful novel was “Where Are the Children?” (1975). In 1988, The New York Times reported that she had broken a record for what was believed to be “the first eight-figure agreement involving a single author.”
Two of her books were adapted for film and many others for TV movies, including some in which she played minor characters. Each of her 51 books was a bestseller in the United States and various European countries. Ms. Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol also wrote as a team, producing five Christmas-themed crime novels. Higgins Clark has won numerous awards for her writing. She has also been awarded eighteen honorary doctorates. She was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in March 2011. Even into her 90s, Ms. Higgins Clark continued to address her fans in online videos, appearing elegantly dressed.