David Baldacci at Bouchercon 2010 in San Francisco.
August 5, 1960 |
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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. He has since written 25 additional bestselling novels for adults as well as three novels for children.
Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation, which works to combat illiteracy in the United States. Baldacci became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS.
Baldacci resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife and their two children.
He is of Italian descent.
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 in the fall of 2012 with Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn, Josh Lucas, and Mackenzie Foy in the lead roles. He 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.
- Day of Doom (Scholastic Publishing, 2013) Book 6 in the "Cahills Vs. Vespers" series of The 39 Clues books
- Freddy and the French Fries
- Freddy and the French Fries: Fries Alive! (Little, Brown and Company, 2005), Baldacci's debut novel for young readers
- Freddy and the French Fries: The Mystery of Silas Finklebean (Little, Brown and Company, 2006)
|#||Title||Publication Date||Publisher||NY Times Bestseller #||Notes|
|1||The Camel Club||October 25, 2005||Warner Books||—|
|2||The Collectors||October 18, 2006||Warner Books||2|
|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|
|1||Zero Day||October 31, 2011||Grand Central Publishing||1|
|2||The Forgotten||November 20, 2012||Grand Central Publishing||2|
|1||The Innocent||April 1, 2012||Grand Central Publishing||1|
|2||The Hit||April 23, 2013||Grand Central Publishing||1|
|Absolute Power||1996||Warner Books||2||Made into a film by the same name by Castle Rock Entertainment|
|Total Control||1996||Warner Books||—|
|The Winner||1997||Warner Books||—||Sales topped those of Baldacci's first two novels and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly |
|The Simple Truth||1996||Warner Books||—||Based upon an actual event. President Bill Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1999.|
|Saving Faith||1999||Warner Books||1||Selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week".|
|Wish You Well||2000||Warner Books||—||Received a starred review in Publishers Weekly |
|Last Man Standing||2001||Warner Books||1|
|The Christmas Train||2002||Warner Books||—|
|True Blue||October 2009||Grand Central Publishing||—|
|One Summer||June 2011||Grand Central Publishing||—|
- Wish You Well Foundation
- Alison Bonaguru (2013 [last update]). "David Baldacci - VirginiaLiving.com". virginialiving.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "David Baldacci : National MS Society". nationalmssociety.org. 2013 [last update]. Retrieved May 17, 2013. "author Sharon Baldacci was diagnosed with MS."
- "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.
- "David Baldacci clues kids in to Smithsonian's treasures". USA Today (McLean, VA: Gannett). ISSN 0734-7456. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Fiction Review: The Winner by David Baldacci, Author Warner Books Inc $32 (513p) ISBN 978-0-446-52259-5". publishersweekly.com. 2013 [last update]. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "Picks and Pans Review: Saving Faith : People.com". people.com. 2013 [last update]. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Fiction Review: Wish You Well by David Baldacci, Author Warner Books Inc $32 (400p) ISBN 978-0-446-52716-3". publishersweekly.com. 2013 [last update]. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
|By David Baldacci|
- Interview on Fox News Radio
- Audio interview with National Review Online
- Profile in Newsweek, March 2009