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David Baldacci (born August 5, 1960) is an American novelist. An attorney by education, Baldacci writes mainly suspense novels and legal thrillers. Early life and education David Baldacci was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Henrico High School and earned a B.A. in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C. Career 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 sold internationally. To date, Baldacci has published 46 novels for adults as well as seven novels for younger readers. Personal life and philanthropy Baldacci resides in Fairfax County, Virginia, with his family. He has daughter and a son.Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation, which works to combat illiteracy in the United States by funding adult literacy programs. Baldacci became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS.Baldacci has served for more than a decade on the board of trustees of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2019, he donated $1 million to the home. Works 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 adapted as a film, Absolute Power (1997), starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. 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 was a consulting producer on King & Maxwell, a TNT television series based on his characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn starred. The Christmas Train, Baldacci's eighth novel, was adapted in 2017 by Hallmark Channel as a Hallmark Hall of Fame feature presentation. The TV movie starred Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover and Joan Cusack and was directed by Ron Oliver. Baldacci's novel One Summer was adapted in 2021 for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and starred Sam Page, Sarah Drew and Amanda Schull. Baldacci's novels have been published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales as of 2018. Bibliography Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series Split Second (2003) Hour Game (2004) Simple Genius (2007) First Family (2009) The Sixth Man (2011) King and Maxwell (2013)The Camel Club series The Camel Club (2005) The Collectors (2006) Stone Cold (2007) Divine Justice (2008) Hell's Corner (2010)A. Shaw and Katie James series The Whole Truth (2008) Deliver Us From Evil (2010)John Puller series Zero Day (2011) The Forgotten (2012) The Escape (2014) No Man's Land (2016) John Puller guests in the Atlee Pine thriller Daylight (2020)Will Robie series The Innocent (2012) The Hit (2013) The Target (2014) The Guilty (2015) End Game (2017)Amos Decker series Memory Man (2015) The Last Mile (2016) The Fix (2017) The Fallen (2018) Redemption (2019) Walk The Wire (2020) Long Shadows (2022)Atlee Pine series Long Road to Mercy (2018) A Minute to Midnight (2019) Daylight (2020, John Puller crossover) Mercy (2021)Aloysius Archer series One Good Deed (2019) A Gambling Man (2021) Dream Town (2022)Travis Devine series The 6:20 Man (2022) The Edge (2023)Mickey Gibson series Simply Lies (2023)Stand-alone novels Absolute Power (1996) Total Control (1997) The Winner (1998) The Simple Truth (1998) Saving Faith (1999) Wish You Well (2001) Last Man Standing (2001) The Christmas Train (2003) True Blue (2009) One Summer (2011) A Calamity of Souls (2024)Short stories and novellas Waiting for Santa (short story) (2002) No Time Left (short story) (2012) Bullseye (short story) Will Robie / Camel Club (2014) The Mighty Johns also known as The Final Play (novella) (2021)For young readers Freddy and the French Fries series 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)The 39 Clues series Day of Doom (Scholastic Publishing, 2013), Book 6 in the "Cahills vs. Vespers" series of The 39 Clues booksVega Jane series The Finisher (Scholastic Press, 2014), published in the U.K. as The Secrets of Sorcery The Keeper (Scholastic Press, 2015), published in the U.K. as The Maze of Monsters The Width of the World (Scholastic Press, 2017), published in the U.K. as The Rebels' Revolt The Stars Below (Scholastic Press, 2019), published in the U.K. as The End of TimeAdaptations Absolute Power (1997 film), starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, and Ed Harris King & Maxwell (2013 TV series), starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn Wish You Well (2013 film), starring Mackenzie Foy, Josh Lucas, and Ellen Burstyn The Christmas Train (2017 film), starring Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover and Joan Cusack One Summer (2021 film), starring Sam Page, Sarah Drew and Amanda SchullReferences External links Official website David Baldacci at IMDb Appearances on C-SPAN Freddy and the French Fries website David Baldacci at site Goodreads.comInterviews Profile in Newsweek, March 2009 Modern Signed Books BlogTalkRadio Interview with Rodger Nichols about No Man's Land October 2016 Modern Signed Books interviews David Baldacci, May 2018. 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    David Baldacci Best Reading Order Book List With Summaries

    Meridith Montague

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    Pale Horse Coming

    Stephen Hunter

    Pale Horse Coming, featuring Stephen Hunter’s beloved sniper heroes Earl and Bob Lee Swagger, the first Swagger thriller from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.The time is 1951. A ...

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    Rogue Asset

    Andy McDermott

    EVERY OPERATIVE KNOWS THE RULES. The mission comes first. You are a deniable asset. Betrayal is punished by death.'A writer of almost cinematic talent' DAILY EXPRESSAlex Reeve was...

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    The Secrets of Harry Bright

    Joseph Wambaugh

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Raucous cops, outlaw bikers, and suntanned celebrities collide in a steamy landscape swirling with natural beauty and unnatural death.   Sevent...

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    The Other Wife

    Michael Robotham

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    T. J. Newman

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    Oath of Loyalty

    Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills

    Named the Best Thriller of 2022 by The Real Book SpyMitch Rapp confronts a very different kind of killer in this explosive “and entertaining from the first page to the last” (The P...

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    The Bookseller

    Mark Pryor

    Who is killing the celebrated bouquinistes of Paris? Maxan elderly Paris bookstall owneris abducted at gunpoint. His friend, Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy, looks...

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    Will Jordan

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    End Game

    David Baldacci

    Two of the government's most lethal assassins scour rural Colorado to find their missing handlerand discover an insidious and lethal threat along the way in this New York Times bes...

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    The Final Minute

    Simon Kernick

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    White Lies

    Stephen Leather

    Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line for his friends and for his job with MI5. So when one of his former apprentices is kidnapped in the badlands of Pakis...

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    Front Sight

    Stephen Hunter

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    Will Jordan

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    On Target

    Mark Greaney

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney comes the second entry in the explosive thriller series featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.When an old comra...

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    Meridith Montague

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    The Glory Boys

    Douglas Reeman

    As we've come to expect from multimillion copy bestselling author Douglas Reeman, The Glory Boys expertly weaves close and detailed knowledge of the actual events of WWII into a si...

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    I Am Pilgrim

    Terry Hayes

    “I Am Pilgrim is simply one of the best suspense novels I’ve read in a long time.” David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author“A big, breathless tale of nonstop suspense.”...

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    David Baldacci Takes You Behind the Scenes of the Finisher

    David Baldacci

    #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci invites you beyond the page with a look at the writing of and inspiration for THE FINISHER, his first youth fantasy novel!Get up...

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    Forced Out

    Stephen Frey

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    The Samurai Inheritance

    James Douglas

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    Hard Landing

    Stephen Leather

    The blistering first book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series. Dan 'Spider' Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. Working for an elite undercover squad he h...

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    A Good Killing

    Allison Leotta

    Former federal prosecutor and critically acclaimed author Allison Leotta’s spellbinding thriller follows prosecutor Anna Curtis as she heads home to Michigan to defend her sister i...

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    The Book of Secrets

    Tom Harper

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    Cold Snap

    Marc Cameron

    “A doublebarreled blast of action, narrative, and impossibletofake authenticity with a great sense of place and a terrific protagonist. I’m looking forward to many more Arliss...

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    Mark Greaney

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    Stephen Coonts

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    Elle Croft

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    Shock Wave

    Clive Cussler

    A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily MailThe thirteenth adrenalinefilled Dirk Pitt classic from multimillioncopy king of the adventure novel, Clive Cussler.A hu...

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    The Escape

    David Baldacci

    Special Agent Puller's brother is the country's most wanted criminal, but his conviction points to a coverupand a dangerous enemy bent on burying the truth in this #1 New York Time...

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    The Doomsday Testament

    James Douglas

    From bestselling author James Douglas, a gripping and enthralling historical conspiracy thriller a must read for fans of Dan Brown, James Becker and Chris Kuzneski.READERS ARE LOV...

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    Final Theory

    Mark Alpert

    A science professor on the run must find a lost Einstein theoryand keep it from those who might use it to destroy the universe. Don’t miss the “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) doomsd...

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    Will Jordan

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    T. J. Newman

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    The Fifth Gospel

    Ian Caldwell

    The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the international sensation The Rule of Four combines a lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope’s final wish int...

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    Soft Target

    Stephen Leather

    The second book in the bestselling Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series. There's only one thing more dangerous than a corrupt cop . . . and that's a corrupt cop with a gun.When a group of ...

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    Open Carry

    Marc Cameron

    From New York Times bestselling author Marc Cameron,a thrill ride into the savage beauty of Alaska – where the wilderness is deadlier than any killer and a Tlingit girl's cold...

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    David Baldacci & Lee Child

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    Lee Child

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    The Guilty Wife

    Elle Croft

    THE TOP 10 EBOOK BESTSELLER 'A gripping tale of betrayal, deceit, and duplicity. Fabulous.' Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You 'Relentless and intense...I loved the final ...

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    To Risks Unknown

    Douglas Reeman

    Multimillion copy bestselling author Douglas Reeman is the master of naval fiction and this actionpacked, highoctane WW2 historical adventure is no exception. Jampacked with tensio...

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    The Lazarus Vault

    Tom Harper

    From the pen of prizewinning author Tom Harper, this is a highoctane adventure thriller in the bestselling tradition of The Da Vinci Code. With a lingering sense of tension and une...

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    Tick Tock

    Fern Michaels

    In a thrilling new story of female empowerment, adventure, and vigilante justice from the legendary #1 New York Times bestselling author, The Sisterhood reunites to avenge an attac...