Vince Flynn Interviewed about The Last Man

Vince Flynn has been on TV and radio a lot recently.  He’s been doing interviews for his latest novel The Last Man.  I wanted to share this clip which Vince has posted on his official Youtube Channel as he gives both insight into the upcoming film aswell as his writing process in his new book.  Below is a transcript of the interview, apologies for any mistypes they are all mine!  Vince’s answers are in Italics

Welcome back the hot new page turner The Last Man opens with a graphic execution of four bodyguards and an invaluable CIA agent missing and with him top government secrets. It’s a mission, how do you figure it out, though not impossible for our hero CIA operative Mitch Rapp and of course have to be very careful who you trust on the inside
international best-selling author Vince Flynn wrote of course this fourteenth, did I get the number right – Yeah – thank you I’m glad i got it right this time how are you doing?  I’m doing well thank you It’s good to have you here. it’s a good tradition it is a great tradition, you’ve been here for every single and we appreciate you coming back.  Going back to ninety-seven August of ninety seven Wow so you have a good memory…
I had a chance to get this book about ten days ago and you know you always give us a little grief from saturday morning show that we don’t always finish the books but the last three I have.  It’s usually Perk and I don’t think he even starts them.  I love the guy but he’s not really a reader, I don’t know why he interviews authors.  I couldn’t put this down late in the week, I finished it Thursday
night and um… the middle towards the end is phenomenal, not that the beginning is bad or anything, but the bottom line is it’s not really my genre typically. Yep and there’s so many players involved in this and it is in Afghanistan right out of the bat.  So what I like the way you did it for me I don’t know for whatever reason the need for the novice is that every chapter right away you put yourself in a different place and then right away you know exactly crew which players were talking about you know. so thank you for doing that

You know i talk to inspiring writers and I’m like don’t try to create a new mousetrap.  I have a general rule of thumb when I start a new chapter and I try to keep my chapters short cause it creates a sense of urgency, is in that first paragraph you better let the people know the time the place the weather uh… all the little pertinent details and it’s not that hard to do.  You know it was warm, it was cold Mike walked into the room, whatever and you just kinda get the mood set and then you go ahead and get into the details but – I don’t enjoy that reading you know – I don’t want to work hard reading what happened to try to figure out where are they and what time of the day’s is it and where you know.

Because this whole of subject matter that you are of course diving into is right now Afghanistan, pakistan and the bad news is page by page what your reading is happening and that’s what kept me.  You know the the previous two books were prequels, I went back, you know I always want ed to write about Rapp in his twenties, how he was recruited how he was trained and i enjoyed doing that but then i was starting to miss the part of my job that I had fun with it which is trying to predict what’s gonna happen next and so i want to get back to the here and now so this is Rapp in Afghanistan right now and i had to sit down and kind of predict what’s Afghanistan gonna look like in uh… historically very difficult to withdraw from a military conflict like this, they take shots at you people who are your allies all of a sudden become your enemies and we’ve got a lot of thin allies as we’ve rolled through the deal, uh… people who as I discussed the book have been bought off with bags of cash to be our friends for you know a month or two months or a year or whatever.

and they know you’re leaving They know your leaving and Afghanistan is about surviving for those people.  So this touches on the green on blue violence which has become such an issue, such as you know a high-ranking military officer who is mary had an affair with the state department employee who’s married.  Now that would be amazing.

and an FBI agent who is really out of control and wants to take down an element within the CIA and is very very focused on and gets caught up in a, and doesn’t reveal itself tell the and then you can start thinking about on what’s going to happen and of it wraps up very nicely and i
have to tell you that uh… i love the fact that you have so many strong smart competent females and even more this book than others.  Well it helps being married to one, yeah I know absolutely.  You can kinda shape the character a little better.

Ok so I have a couple of questions, somebody asked this week a good friend of yours who read all your books, are you ever write a different genre down the road like kids books? You know my daughter Ingrid has shown some ability that she could be a good writer and so there’s a thought there that maybe I do something with one of the kids one day but I get paid extremely well to write these books, I love writing them.  The key for me is to just not get distracted for the moment I I I see other writers running around doing all kinds of different things and for me you know it’s why we still live in the twin cities.  I like my life fairly simple, live in a twin cities, still have all my friends, uh… write one book a year, get to hang out with Lisa and the kids and hang out in the community and not get wrapped up in this flying to LA and New York and all these other places every week.  Well its all about the balance and obviously the balance has led you to be able to continue to write and also the balance of course for your health has probably been just – yeah I uh… you know I’ve got a case of bronchitis right now, Lisa and I had a chance to go to New Mexico before the book came out and i felt great, I got back, I went to New York to do publicity for four days and I went right back in the tank and so now I’m trying to ease back into it and you know that I want to enjoy Thanksgiving with the family and um… and then i gotta start the next book
and otherwise your health Yeah you know, on the cancer front I’m in no pain, which is wonderful cuz I was a lot of pain there for a while
and on my numbers are good I I I go down to mayo every three or four months. I’ve a great doctor in the Twin Cities Bill Huston, a phenomenal doctor down at mayo doctor Eugene Quan and the two of those guys together take great care of me and my family and I’m lucky

a lot of people praying for you so that’s wonderful.  Yes well the prayers are great.  So the book American Assassin is going to be made into a movie.  Yes and it’s going to start in August and Bruce Willis is – Bruce Willis is all but signed, we’re negotiating the finest points, he approved the director, um… something happened where they went and threw a big offer for Chris Hemsworth to play Mitch Rapp $10 Million.  Well Chris Hemsworth that very week decides to switch agency and go to see a which represents Bruce Willis, so now he was gonna get paid more than Bruce Willis and it really created a problem cos you know Bruce Willis is one of the Biggest Actors on the planet.  Hemsworth bowed out last Friday because his schedule wouldn’t allow him to shoot so I think we’re going to lock-up Bruce and now we’re in the midst of searching for
the Rapp please go to the website and submit your choices.  I’m starting to think we’re going to end up with a relative unknown which probably not a bad idea because they can grow within the role.  Yeah, Bruce can run it, he’s so good, he can take the movie over and foster this new guy in Rappdom.  People are looking forward to it but in the mean time you can get the book and read it so congratulations once again always a pleasure being on the show we appreciate it, Vince’s new thriller is called The Last Man, it’s available at all major bookstores everywhere and as Vince was mentioning there are a few signed copies at Barnes and Nobles and also Once upon a crime so you want to go there and check it out we will be right back.

Chris Hemsworth is NOT Mitch Rapp

Last month we told you that Chris Hemsworth was in talks to star as Mitch Rapp in the film American Assassin.  It has just been reported that Chris Hemsworth has turned down the role.

Deadline reported that a source told them it wasn’t to be because of scheduling issues.  Chris Hemsworth has a busy schedule, as Thor he is currently working on Thor: The Dark World, and he is also scheduled to star in Steven Spielbergs Robopocalyse and the sequel to the Avengers Assemble.

So it seems like its back to the drawing board for Mitch Rapp’s casting.  Who would you have play Mitch Rapp?  Leave a comment and let us know

Read an excerpt of Kill Shot

Kill Shot is Vince Flynn’s latest Mitch Rapp Novel.  Killshot is a sequel to American Assassin and continues to tell the story of Mitch’s early career in the CIA.

Click here to visit Simon and Schuster’s website to read an excerpt from chapter 1 of Kill Shot

Kill Shot can be bought now at Amazon


For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of the men responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians including his own girlfriend in the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing – bullet by bullet. His next target – a Libyan diplomat – should be easy. Prone to drink and currently in Paris without a bodyguard, Rapp quickly tracks the man down and sends a bullet into his skull while he’s sleeping. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. When the news breaks that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men, the French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and still on the loose in Paris. As the finger-pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice – deny any responsibility for the incident and race to do damage control. Rapp has become a liability, and he must not be taken alive by the French authorities. But alone in Paris, on the run from the authorities and from his own employers, Mitch Rapp must prepare to fight for his life.

American Assassin to be made into a Movie

Vince Flynn has announced today on his official website that American Assassin will be adapted into a film by CBS studios.

American Assassin tells the backstory of Mitch Rapp, how he came to be recruited by the CIA, his training and his first mission.

Read the full press release below…


LOS ANGELES – June 8, 2011 – CBS Films announced today that Oscar©-winner Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond) is attached to direct the film adaptation of American Assassin from a screenplay by Zwick and Oscar©-nominee Marshall Herskovitz.  The film is based on the #1 NY Times best-selling novel by Vince Flynn. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, RED) via di Bonaventura Pictures and Nick Wechsler (The Road, We Own The Night) will produce along with Zwick and Herskovitz.

American Assassin tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete.  Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nation’s most elite covert operations program. After completing training designed to teach the kind of lethal skills necessary to target our most dangerous enemies, here and abroad, he is a man reborn with a mission of retribution.

“The Mitch Rapp novels are as thrilling and entertaining as they are relevant,” said Zwick, “and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to translate them to the screen.”

American Assassin is the eleventh entry in the Mitch Rapp series.  The series has sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone and more than one million in 19 international markets.

“I have no doubt that Edward Zwick will do an incredible job of bringing Mitch Rapp to the big screen,” said Flynn. “Ed is among the smartest and most innovative filmmakers in Hollywood and I am fully confident that he is the right man for this job.”

Senior Vice President of Production Maria Faillace and Creative Executive Ryan Conroy are overseeing the project for CBS Films, which has been developing another Mitch Rapp novel, Consent to Kill.

“We were prepping Consent to Kill when Vince told us he was going to tell Mitch Rapp’s origin story in American Assassin.  From there it was a natural decision to introduce audiences to Mitch Rapp – the man before he became the legend,” recalled CBS Films President and CEO Amy Baer.

CBS Films controls the rights to the entire series as well as any new sequels and spinoffs. CAA represents Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.  Attorneys Eric Brooks and Carlos Goodman of Bloom Hergott represent Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler.  Vince Flynn is represented by ICM.

Details of Kill Shot – Mitch Rapp’s Next Adventure Released

Vince Flynn has released more details of his up coming book Kill Shot.  The book follows on from American Assassin following a young Mitch Rapp through his early career with the CIA.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn is back with another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard.

Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. In an instant the hunter has become the hunted. Rapp is left wounded and must flee for his life.

The next morning, the news breaks in Washington that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men. The French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and on the loose in Paris. As the finger pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice—deny any responsibility for the incident and pray that their newest secret weapon stays that way, avoiding capture and dying quietly. One person in the group, however, is not prone to leaving things to chance. Rapp has become a liability, and he absolutely cannot be allowed to be taken alive by the French authorities. But it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.

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Brian Haig

It was announced today that Brian Haig will be partnering with Vince Flynn to write a new series of counterterrorism novels centring around a New York City based anti-terror operation.

Who is Brian Haig?

Haig graduated from West Point in 1975 and was commissioned an infantry lieutenant. He served as a platoon leader in Germany, three years as an infantry company commander at Fort Carson, Colorado, before he was selected as an intern at the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he worked in the Current Operations Directorate on the Lebanon peacekeeping operation. After graduating from Harvard with a master’s degree and a specialty in military strategy, he worked for three years as a global strategist on the Army staff where he was responsible for helping formulate the regional warplan for Southwest Asia and the global war plans against the Soviet Union. He spent three years as the Special Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command in Seoul. Haig ended his military career as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – John M. Shalikashvili, where his duties lay with the preparation of all speeches, briefings, public statements, and congressional testimonies.

Haig retired into civilian life in 1997 to become a Director and later President of Erickson Air-Crane and then spent a year as President of International Business Communications. He has written articles for the New York Times, USA Today and Vanity Fair. He is now a full-time author, and works as a Fox News military contributor.

He has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard, and a Masters in Government from Georgetown University. His military awards include Airborne wings and the Ranger tab, two Legions of Merit, and the Distinguished Service Medal.  (From Wikipedia)

Brian Haig’s Books

The Sean Drummond Series

Secret Sanction. It was the worst military scandal since My Lai – an elite US army special forces team positioned behind enemy lines had violated standing orders and butchered a patrol of 25 Serbian soldiers in cold blood. There were no survivors, half of them were shot in the back of the head, and their leader had been decapitated. There was no explanation, and no obvious motive, but the repercussions were already global. Now Major Sean Drummond has to go to Kosovo and find out just what happened and somehow clear up after this horrific crime. But with CIA obstruction, Army hostility, the murder of a top journalist and a possible traitor in his own crew, Drummond quickly finds himself in over his head and under serious fire.

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Mortal Allies. SECRET SANCTION’s Major Sean Drummond is back, with a new case that challenges his deepest fears and a colleague who challenges just about everything else. Assigned to South Korea as an advocate for an officer accused of brutally killing the son of a South Korean war hero, Drummond is teamed up with an old law-school nemesis. Katherine Carson is an attorney with a reputation for manipulating the media on behalf of her clients. Drummond is distraught to be working with a woman who knows how to push all his buttons – but he is the one man the CIA can trust with its disturbing secrets. And Drummond quickly learns that what appears to be an open-and-shut case is really just the top layer of a deep conspiracy.

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The Kingmaker. But Major Sean Drummond never says die. Especially when an old flame begs him to defend her brigadier general husband in the biggest treason case in U.S. history. And even when Drummond is up against the fiercest prosecutor in the Army and fighting two murder charges. With an unconventional and beautiful co-counsel, Drummond plunges into an investigation that will unearth a damning array of secrets and cover-ups – and reveal a master manipulator who doesn’t care who or what goes up in flames…as long as Drummond’s client burns.

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Private Sector. Fed up with his trouble magnet tactics, the Pentagon “loans out” attorneys Sean Drummond to a white-shoe D.C. law firm. Drummond makes the best of his corner-office exile – until his predecessor there is brutally murdered. Realising he must take matters into his own hands, Drummond leads the hunt for a vicious serial murderer and handles the firm’s biggest client, a telecom giant with a shadowy agenda. Are the two connected? As the body count rises, Drummond vows to get answers – and trample any stuffed-shirt who gets in his way. Even when it looks like D.C.’s newest lawyer will become its latest crime statistic.

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The President’s Assassin The Office of Special Project is a CIA cell that handles the most dangerous threats. When the White House chief of Staff is found brutally murdered alongside a note promising more murders – and a President who will be “history” in three days – Sean Drummond teams with a beautiful colleague, Jennie Margold, to try to stop the assassin. As the killer stalks the campaign trail, apparently driven by a $500 million bounty on the President’s head, all arrows point to a member of the White House security detail who has mysteriously gone missing. But as time trickles down to precious minutes, Sean realizes law enforcement’s horrible miscalculation – and what must be done to side step disaster.

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Man in the Middle. Despatched to investigate the suicide of one of DC’s most influential defence officials – an ardent, early supporter of the war in Iraq – Drummond and his female partner find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Washington’s most influential power brokers and his own personal allegiance to the soldiers dying overseas. What he uncovers are the secrets that led to the war, secrets that once exposed would destroy public support and undermine the presidency. Now, Drummond faces the greatest moral quandary of his life: What is the true meaning of patriotism?

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Standalone Novels

The Hunted. As the old Soviet Union fell apart, Alex was ideally positioned to take advantage of Russia’s new capitalist culture. Twenty years later he is on track to become Russia’s wealthiest man, then he makes one critical mistake: he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security. And then his world starts to fall apart. After his new employee arrives on the scene, Alex is kidnapped, beaten, and forced to relinquish his business and his fortune. He and his wife flee to the United States, only to be declared the new Russia’s Number One most wanted criminal for allegedly stealing millions from his own business, and the Russian Mafiya takes a contract out on his life. Even the FBI wants to bring him and his wife into custody: so they can return him to Russia. A man on the run without a country to call his own, Alex must escape the combined forces of two governments, as he fights to earn the chance to build a new life for himself and his family in America

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The Capitol Game. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy has discovered an alchemist’s dream: a miraculous polymer – paint it on a vehicle, any vehicle and voila, you have the equivalent of 30 inches of steel. With war raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polymer promised to save thousands of lives, promising to change the course of both wars as well as making its owner billons in profit. Enter Jack Wiley, a successful Wall Street banker somehow learns of the polymer and makes a plan. To make his dream come true, Jack Wiley goes to The Capitol Group, one of the country’s largest, richest and most powerful corporations. Jack and the Capitol Group will partner up for a quick, bloodless takeover of the small company that developed the polymer. A partnership made in heaven? Jack’s smarts and Capitol Group’s power and influence should be a marriage made in heaven, making them all rich beyond imagination. Once they own the patents they will steamroll Congress and the Pentagon to get the polymer into production, via a no-bid, fast-track contract. And it goes to plan until the Pentagon’s investigative service began nosing around.

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Vince Flynn to launch new series with Brian Haig

Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit of Honor and the soon to be released American Assassin (October 12, 2010), has signed a new two book deal with Atria Books and Pocket Books to launch a brand new series featuring a New York City based anti-terror operation written in collaboration with writer and retired US Army lieutenant colonel Brian Haig.

“This is a story that I have wanted to tell for many years and teaming up with Brian Haig will afford me the opportunity to pursue this without keeping readers waiting for my next Mitch Rapp novel,” Flynn said, “I’ve been a fan of Brian’s writing since his first book Secret Sanction.  I think he’s one of the best story tellers in America today, and I’m really excited to join forces with him on this exciting project.”

Haig spent 22 years on active duty before retiring in 1997 and going into private business.  His final four years on active duty were as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, preparing speeches, briefings, public statements, and congressional testimonies, as well as advising the Chairman on strategic, global and Asian regional issues.  He is the author of eight novels, including Capitol Game which will be released by Grand Central Publishing on August 12.

Details of the new series were released in a  joint announcement made today by Judith Curr, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Atria Books and Washington Square Press and Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Gallery, Threshold and Pocket. Emily Bestler, Vice-President and Executive Editorial Director of Atria, acquired World, Audio Book Club, Large Print, First Serial and Electronic Rights to Flynn’s new series from Sloan Harris at ICM.  Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of both books, which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio.

“Fans of Vince Flynn will get the same explosive action, heart-pounding excitement and frightening accuracy that they’ve grown to expect from the Mitch Rapp series,” Bestler said, “Vince had a certain amount of apprehension about dividing his time, until he found out that Brian was interested.  His long standing admiration of Haig’s work, and a shared creative vision for this new venture made it the perfect fit.”

Flynn, who in October will release his twelfth novel, the eleventh featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, has hit the New York Times bestseller list for each book he’s ever written, reaching as high as #1.  He has sold over 12.5 million copies in the United States plus millions more in the 20 international markets that carry his books.

Atria Books is the publishing home of many major bestselling authors including Vince Flynn, T.D. Jakes,  Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, Zane, and Rhonda Byrne, author of the international bestselling phenomenon The Secret and the forthcoming The Power.

American Assassin Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn returns with yet another explosive thriller, introducing the young Mitch Rapp, as he takes on his first assignment.

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist’s worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world … and then tragedy struck.

Two decades of cutthroat, partisan politics has left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield directs his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of command — men who do not exist.

What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two-hundred and seventy souls perished that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. He wanted retribution.

Six months of intense training has prepared him to bring the war to the enemy’s doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the Pan Am attack. Rapp then moves onto Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesn’t know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.

As action-packed, fast-paced, and brutally realistic as it gets, Flynn’s latest page-turner shows readers how it all began. Behind the steely gaze of the nation’s ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American Assassin.

Vince Flynn’s American Assassin Book Tour

To promote the next Vince Flynn adventure American Assassin, Vince Flynn is touring book stores in the USA.  Unfortunately nothing in the UK yet but if you were thinking of a holiday to the USA, you might just want to tie it in with a tour date!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
1211 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
2100 North Snelling Ave
Roseville, MN

Thursday, October 14, 2010
604 W 265th St.
Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, October 16, 2010
2342 Bissonet
Houston, TX

Sunday, October 17, 2010
4014 North Goldwater Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ

Thursday, October 21, 2010
8472 Tamarack Bay
Woodbury, MN

Sunday, October 24, 2010
478 John Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL

Monday, October 25, 2010
2145 Indian River Blvd
Vero Beach, FL

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
3522 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC

Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Mall at Green Hills
2121 Green Hills Village Drive
Nashville, TN

Saturday, October 30, 2010
9925 Hudson Road
Woodbury, MN

Monday, November 1, 2010
3225 W 69th Street
Edina, MN