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Tom Clancy

Who has custody of Jack Ryan? Legal battle heats up over late Baltimore author Tom Clancy's characters.

Who has custody of Jack Ryan? Legal battle heats up over late Baltimore author Tom Clancy's characters.

Court documents unsealed last week reveal just how high the stakes have risen in a literary custody battle over the late novelist Tom Clancy’s most famous offspring — his characters.

In papers filed last month by the Baltimore author’s widow, she argues that his estate owns his two most famous characters — the spy Jack Ryan and former Navy SEAL John T. Clark — as well as more of Clancy’s novels, including some published while the author was married to his first wife.

The amended filing requesting a declaratory judgment was ordered unsealed last week by U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander in Baltimore. It vastly expands the scope of Alexandra M. Clancy’s 2017 complaint...

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