Best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark died Friday of natural causes. She was 92.
Clark's publisher Simon & Schuster confirmed her death in a statement. The CEO of the company said Clark's death was peaceful and that she was "surrounded by family and friends."
Clark penned more than 40 best-selling suspense novels, eventually earning the moniker "Queen of Suspense." Her books were largely about female protagonists triumphing in dangerous situations.
Every book Clark published in her 45-year career became a best seller. According to her publisher, more than 100 million copies of her books are in print in the U.S.
The company's former editor-in-chief wrote, "Nobody ever bonded more completely with her readers than Mary did; she understood them as if they were members of her own family. She was always absolutely sure of what they wanted to read — and, perhaps more important, what they didn’t want to read — and yet she managed to surprise them with every book."
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