David Baldacci

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David Baldacci
DBaldacci.jpg
David Baldacci at Bouchercon 2010 in San Francisco.
Born(1960-08-05) August 5, 1960 (age 53)
Richmond, Virginia
OccupationNovelist
Alma materVirginia Commonwealth University
University of Virginia
Period1996–present
GenresThriller, children's literature
Notable work(s)Absolute Power

www.davidbaldacci.com
 
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David Baldacci
DBaldacci.jpg
David Baldacci at Bouchercon 2010 in San Francisco.
Born(1960-08-05) August 5, 1960 (age 53)
Richmond, Virginia
OccupationNovelist
Alma materVirginia Commonwealth University
University of Virginia
Period1996–present
GenresThriller, children's literature
Notable work(s)Absolute Power

www.davidbaldacci.com

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

Biography[edit]

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 practised 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 practising 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 published 25 additional best selling 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,[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]

Works[edit]

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 south-west Virginia in the fall of 2012 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]

Bibliography[edit]

Children's books[edit]

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]

Series
 # TitlePublication DatePublisherNY Times Bestseller #Notes
Camel Club
1The Camel ClubOctober 25, 2005Warner Books1 
2The CollectorsOctober 18, 2006Warner Books1 
3Stone ColdNovember 6, 2007Grand Central Publishing1 
4Divine JusticeNovember 4, 2008Grand Central Publishing1 
5Hell's CornerNovember 9, 2010Grand Central Publishing1 
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell
1Split SecondOctober 1, 2003Warner Books2 
2Hour GameOctober 26, 2004Warner Books1 
3Simple GeniusApril 24, 2007Warner Books1 
4First FamilyApril 21, 2009Grand Central Publishing1 
5The Sixth ManApril 19, 2011Grand Central Publishing1 
6King and MaxwellNovember 19, 2013Grand Central Publishing 
Shaw and Katie James
1The Whole TruthApril 22, 2008Grand Central Publishing1 
2Deliver Us From EvilApril 20, 2010Grand Central Publishing1 
John Puller
1Zero DayOctober 31, 2011Grand Central Publishing1 
2The ForgottenNovember 20, 2012Grand Central Publishing2 
Will Robie
1The InnocentApril 1, 2012Grand Central Publishing1 
2The HitApril 23, 2013Grand Central Publishing1 
3The TargetApril 22, 2014Grand Central Publishing- 
Standalone novels
Absolute Power1996Warner Books2Made into a film by the same name by Castle Rock Entertainment
Total Control1997Warner Books2 
The Winner1997Warner Books2Sales topped those of Baldacci's first two novels and received a starred review in Publishers Weekly [7]
The Simple Truth1998Warner BooksBased upon an actual event. President Bill Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1999.[citation needed]
Saving Faith1999Warner Books1Selected for People Magazine's "Page Turner of the Week".[8]
Wish You Well2000Warner BooksReceived a starred review in Publishers Weekly [9]
Last Man Standing2001Warner Books1
The Christmas Train2002Warner Books 
True BlueOctober 2009Grand Central Publishing3 
One SummerJune 2011Grand Central Publishing2 

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