The best-selling American author Mary Higgins Clark dies

WASHINGTON: best-selling American author Mary Higgins Clark , known to her as the 'Queen of Thriller', died at 92, her editor confirmed Friday.

He was still producing a book a year at the age of 90, with his page pins earning a legion of fans around the world, and even making him one of the best-selling fiction authors in France.

Clark's editor, Simon&Schuster, announced his death and tweeted that he died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

With sales of more than 100 million in the U.S alone, he achieved success at 40 years after a series of personal tragedies.

Her father died of a heart attack when she was 11 years old and, with her mother struggling with three children, Clark was forced to work after age 15.

After working as a flight attendant for a year, he left to marry Warren Clark and raise a family, before he died suddenly when she was only 35 years old.

To support his family, Clark promoted his short stories, receiving 40 rejection letters before achieving success.

His first thriller in 1975, Where are the Children?, Is now in its 75th edition.