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Clancy invented 'techno-thriller,' reflected Cold War fears

Clancy invented 'techno-thriller,' reflected Cold War fears

Tom Clancy didn't realize he was forever changing the spy novel back in 1982, while working in obscurity on his first book, a Cold War thriller centering on the defection of a Soviet naval captain and the technologically advanced submarine he includes in the bargain.

But then "The Hunt for Red October" was published, and things would never be the same — not for spy fiction, which was given new life by the detail-obsessed "techno-thriller" genre he invented, and certainly not for Clancy, who seemingly out of nowhere became one of the country's most prominent authors. Over the next three decades, the Baltimore native would not only write a series of best-selling...

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