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Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at age 47

After more than 60 rejections, Vince Flynn’s debut novel, “Term Limits,” became a bestseller in paperback.
After more than 60 rejections, Vince Flynn’s debut novel, “Term Limits,” became a bestseller in paperback.Credit: Peter Hurley/Michelle Suess SVP

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Best-selling author Vince Flynn, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the US alone, died Wednesday in Minnesota after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer, according to friends and his publisher. He was 47.

Mr. Flynn was supporting himself by bartending when he self-published his first novel, ‘‘Term Limits,’’ in 1997 after getting more than 60 rejection letters. After the book became a local best-seller, Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, signed him to a two-book deal — and ‘‘Term Limits’’ became a New York Times best-seller in paperback.

The St. Paul-based author also sold millions of books in the international market and averaged about a book a year, most of them focused on Rapp, a CIA counterterrorism operative.

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