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Roderick Thorp, author, 62



OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Roderick Thorp, a master of suspense fiction whose
best-selling novels ``Die Hard'' and ``The Detective'' became popular
movies, died of a heart attack Wednesday. He was 62.

Thorp, whose career spanned more than three decades, won prizes for
short-story writing while attending City College of New York but was
unable to find success as an author after graduation.

Instead, he went to work in his father's private detective business.
Over nine years, he gathered knowledge that stood him in good stead in
his writing career.

Success as an author came with his 1966 book ``The Detective.'' It sold
millions of copies worldwide and was turned into a movie starring Frank
Sinatra and Lee Remick.

He taught literature at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J., then moved to
Los Angeles in 1976.

His 1979 detective novel ``Nothing Lasts Forever'' was renamed ``Die
Hard'' in its second edition, which later became a 1988 hit movie
starring Bruce Willis.

One of his later books was 1995's well-reviewed ``River: A Novel of the
Green River Killings.'' It was a fictionalized account of an unsolved
series of murders that occurred in the 1980s in the Pacific Northwest.



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