William Diehl, the bestselling author known best for "Sharky's Machine" and "Primal Fear" - fast-paced thrillers that became hit movies - died Friday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was 81.
Interesting life: According to family lore, Mae West was once his baby-sitter, before she became a Hollywood sex symbol.
On a school field trip in 1937, he witnessed the explosion of the Hindenburg, then the world's largest aircraft.
He also knew Dr. Martin Luther King.