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article imageWriter Gerard de Villiers dies at 83

By Tim Sandle     Nov 3, 2013 in Entertainment
French writer Gerard de Villiers, whose spy thrillers have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, has died aged 83.
Gerard de Villiers was born in 1929 and he was a successful French writer, journalist and editor. He was perhaps best known for his SAS (Son Altesse Sérénissime) series of spy novels, featuring prince Malko Linge as the lead character.
According to the New York Times, "His works have been translated and are especially popular in Germany, Russia, Turkey, and Japan. SAS series has sold about 100 million copies worldwide, which would make it one of the top-selling series in history, on par with Ian Fleming's James Bond books. SAS may be the longest-running fiction series ever written by a single author."
De Villiers worked as as a foreign correspondent for various newspapers until 1965, when he started writing spy novels. During his career he authored over 200 novels. His books will be printed by Random House in the U.S. and Canada at the start of 2014.
Gerard de Villiers died after a long illness, related to pancreatic cancer, according to the BBC. Time Magazine notes that De Villiers’ latest book, SAS: The Kremlin Revenge, was released last month.
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