David Baldacci

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David Baldacci
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David Baldacci taken by Alexander James.
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

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David Baldacci
LR©AlexanderJames 165.jpeg
David Baldacci taken by Alexander James.
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 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]

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 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]

Bibliography[edit]

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]

Series
 # TitlePublication Date
Camel Club
1The Camel ClubOctober 25, 2005
2The CollectorsOctober 18, 2006
3Stone ColdNovember 6, 2007
4Divine JusticeNovember 4, 2008
5Hell's CornerNovember 9, 2010
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell
1Split SecondOctober 1, 2003
2Hour GameOctober 26, 2004
3Simple GeniusApril 24, 2007
4First FamilyApril 21, 2009
5The Sixth ManApril 19, 2011
6King and MaxwellNovember 19, 2013
Shaw and Katie James
1The Whole TruthApril 22, 2008
2Deliver Us From EvilApril 20, 2010
John Puller
1Zero DayOctober 31, 2011
2The ForgottenNovember 20, 2012
3The EscapeNovember 18, 2014
Will Robie
1The InnocentApril 1, 2012
2The HitApril 23, 2013
3Bullseye (novella)February 2, 2014
4The TargetApril 22, 2014
Standalone novels
Absolute PowerNovember 1, 1996
Total ControlDecember 1, 1997
The WinnerJanuary 1, 1998
The Simple TruthNovember 1, 1999
Saving FaithSeptember 1, 2000
Wish You WellJune 30, 2001
Last Man StandingJanuary 1, 2001
The Christmas TrainNovember 1, 2001
True BlueOctober 27, 2009
One SummerJune 14, 2011
Short Stories
No Time LeftMay 2, 2011

References[edit]

  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. 

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