My daily dose of reality from Shelf Awareness. Spare not the details:
"William Diehl, who wrote such thrillers as Sharky's Machine, Primal Fear, Thai Horse and Eureka, died on Friday in Atlanta, Ga., of an aortal aneurysm. He was 81."
The NYTimes reports: "Mr. Diehl was unemployed when he got the news that [his first] book was going to be published...When his agent first called to tell him, the phone line went dead: Mr. Diehl hadn’t paid the bill"