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Vince Flynn, Novelist, 1966-2013

Saddened by the news that thriller writer Vince Flynn has died of prostate cancer. He was 47.

Author Vince Flynn (Courtesy photo)Flynn – whom I never met – died Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn.

He’s best known for his CIA thrillers starring protagonist Mitch Rapp. Flynn wrote more than a dozen best sellers. Three reached No. 2 on the USA Today list: KILL SHOT and THE LAST MAN (both 2012) and AMERICAN ASSASSIN (2010).

His books are published by Atria. His next novel, THE SURVIVOR, is scheduled to be released in October.

My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Fan Mail: Better Than Caffeine

It’s one of those mornings when my brain won’t engage enough to get Mr. Coffee to cooperate. Which means it’s always the best possible time to get fan mail! This one comes from Rick in Tampa, Fla.:

“I ran across your book Crashers in the local Library last week. What a great find! I am half way through and can’t put it down. You are a master in the story development…”

[novelist’s note: “master of story development” on a morning when I can’t get Mr. Coffee to get his ass in gear. LOVE this guy!]

“…, as a matter of fact I would place you in the realms of Vince Flynn and Clive Cussler!!

[novelist’s note: I’m sure Vince and Clive have big-ass, totally cool coffee makers that do their bidding. Probably voice-activated. I just beat mine with a spatula.]

“You have a real talent and I am so glad I went to your web site tonight and found you have a new novel out. I just placed it on hold. Does this new novel keep the same cast that are in Crashers? I sure hope so.

[novelist’s note: Yup. They’re back. Well, at the start of BREAKING POINT, anyway. Can’t promise everyone makes it to the end.]

“Dana, thank you for such terrific and exciting writing.”

See why I love fan mail? Rick from Tampa: I love you even more than that ungrateful bastard, Mr. Coffee.

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