David Baldacci

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David Baldacci
David Baldacci at Bouchercon 2010 in San Francisco.
Born (1960-08-05) August 5, 1960 (age 53)
Richmond, Virginia
Occupation Novelist
Alma mater Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Virginia
Period 1996–present
Genres Thriller, children's literature
Notable work(s) Absolute Power


David Baldacci (born August 5, 1960)[1] is a bestselling American novelist.


David Baldacci was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. A graduate of Henrico High School, he received a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia, after which he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C.

Baldacci began writing stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them. He wrote for more than two decades, penning short stories and later screenplays without much success. While practicing law, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute Power. Published in 1996, it was an international best seller. To date, Baldacci has published 27 best-selling novels for adults as well as four novels for younger readers.

Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation,[2] which works to combat illiteracy in the United States.[3] Baldacci became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS.[4]

Baldacci resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife and their two teenagers.

He is of Italian descent.[5]


Baldacci's first novel, Absolute Power, tells the story of a fictional American President and his Secret Service agents who are willing to commit murder in order to cover up the accidental death of a woman with whom the President was having an affair. It was made into a film, Absolute Power (1997), starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.

In addition to writing novels, Baldacci wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his novel Wish You Well; the movie was shot on location in southwest Virginia with Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn, Josh Lucas, and Mackenzie Foy in the lead roles. Baldacci is a consulting producer on King & Maxwell, a TNT television series based on his characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell.

Baldacci's novels have been translated into over 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. Over 110 million copies of his books are in print worldwide.[6]


Children's books[edit]

The Finisher
  1. The Finisher (Scholastic Press, 2014), Baldacci's first fantasy novel for young readers
The 39 Clues
  1. Day of Doom (Scholastic Publishing, 2013) Book 6 in the "Cahills Vs. Vespers" series of The 39 Clues books
Freddy and the French Fries
  1. Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! (Little, Brown and Company, 2005), Baldacci's debut novel for young readers
  2. Freddy and the French Fries: The Mystery of Silas Finklebean (Little, Brown and Company, 2006)

Adult novels[edit]

 #  Title Publication Date Publisher NY Times Bestseller # Notes
Camel Club
1 The Camel Club October 25, 2005 Warner Books 1  
2 The Collectors October 18, 2006 Warner Books 1  
3 Stone Cold November 6, 2007 Grand Central Publishing 1  
4 Divine Justice November 4, 2008 Grand Central Publishing 1  
5 Hell's Corner November 9, 2010 Grand Central Publishing 1  
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell
1 Split Second October 1, 2003 Warner Books 2  
2 Hour Game October 26, 2004 Warner Books 1  
3 Simple Genius April 24, 2007 Warner Books 1  
4 First Family April 21, 2009 Grand Central Publishing 1  
5 The Sixth Man April 19, 2011 Grand Central Publishing 1  
6 King and Maxwell November 19, 2013 Grand Central Publishing  
Shaw and Katie James
1 The Whole Truth April 22, 2008 Grand Central Publishing 1  
2 Deliver Us From Evil April 20, 2010 Grand Central Publishing 1  
John Puller
1 Zero Day October 31, 2011 Grand Central Publishing 1  
2 The Forgotten November 20, 2012 Grand Central Publishing 2  
3 The Escape November 18, 2014 Grand Central Publishing -  
Will Robie
1 The Innocent April 1, 2012 Grand Central Publishing 1  
2 The Hit April 23, 2013 Grand Central Publishing 1  
3 The Target April 22, 2014 Grand Central Publishing -  
Standalone novels
Absolute Power 1996 Warner Books 2 Made into a film by the same name by Castle Rock Entertainment
Total Control 1997 Warner Books 2  
The Winner 1997 Warner Books 2 Sales topped those of Baldacci's first two novels and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly [7]
The Simple Truth 1998 Warner Books Based upon an actual event. President Bill Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1999.[citation needed]
Saving Faith 1999 Warner Books 1 Selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week".[8]
Wish You Well 2000 Warner Books Received a starred review in Publishers Weekly [9]
Last Man Standing 2001 Warner Books 1
The Christmas Train 2002 Warner Books  
True Blue October 2009 Grand Central Publishing 3  
One Summer June 2011 Grand Central Publishing 2  


  1. ^ Memoirs
  2. ^ Wish You Well Foundation
  3. ^ Alison Bonaguru (2013). "David Baldacci - VirginiaLiving.com". virginialiving.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "David Baldacci : National MS Society". nationalmssociety.org. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. "author Sharon Baldacci was diagnosed with MS." 
  5. ^ "Vero cognome Baldacci, il nonno Amedeo sarebbe emigrato per gli Stati Uniti nel 1901 Originario di Barga David Ford, noto autore americano - il Tirreno dal 1997.it » Ricerca". Ricerca.gelocal.it. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  6. ^ Memmott, Carol (February 27, 2013). "David Baldacci clues kids in to Smithsonian's treasures". USA Today (McLean, VA: Gannett). ISSN 0734-7456. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Fiction Review: The Winner by David Baldacci, Author Warner Books Inc $32 (513p) ISBN 978-0-446-52259-5". publishersweekly.com. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Saving Faith : People.com". people.com. 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Fiction Review: Wish You Well by David Baldacci, Author Warner Books Inc $32 (400p) ISBN 978-0-446-52716-3". publishersweekly.com. 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 

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