David Baldacci

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David Baldacci
Born (1960-08-05) August 5, 1960 (age 54)
Richmond, Virginia
Occupation Novelist
Alma mater Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Virginia
Period 1996–present
Genre Thriller, children's literature
Notable works Absolute Power

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


Early life and education[edit]

David Baldacci is of Italian descent.[2] He 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 29 best-selling novels for adults as well as four novels for younger readers.

Personal life and charities[edit]

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

Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation,[3] which works to combat illiteracy in the United States.[4] Baldacci became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS.[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 2012, he published a thriller titled The Innocent.[6]

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.[7]


Children's Books[edit]

The Finisher
  1. The Finisher (Scholastic Press, 2014), Baldacci's first fantasy novel for young readers
  2. The Keeper, sequel to The Finisher, to be released in 2015.
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]


Camel Club series[edit]
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series[edit]
Shaw and Katie James series[edit]
John Puller series[edit]
Will Robie series[edit]

Stand-alone novels[edit]


  1. ^ Memoirs
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ Wish You Well Foundation
  4. ^ Alison Bonaguru (2013). "David Baldacci - VirginiaLiving.com". virginialiving.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "David Baldacci : National MS Society". nationalmssociety.org. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. author Sharon Baldacci was diagnosed with MS. 
  6. ^ Meming, David (February 7, 2014). "Best thriller David Baldacci". BooksMinority (McLean, VA: Gant). ISSN 0734-7456. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  7. ^ 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. 

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