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

David Baldacci
David Baldacci - 2015 National Book Festival (6).jpg
Born (1960-08-05) August 5, 1960 (age 57)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Alma mater Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Virginia
Period 1996–present
Genre Thrillers, children's literature
Notable works Absolute Power
Spouse Michelle Collin (m. 1990)
Children 2



Early life and educationEdit

View of Barga, Italy, where Baldacci's ancestors lived

David Baldacci was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Henrico High School and earned a B.A. at Virginia Commonwealth University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C. He is of Italian descent from Barga, in Tuscany.[2]


Richmond, Virginia, hometown of Baldacci

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 36 best-selling novels for adults as well as six novels for younger readers.

Personal life and charitiesEdit

Baldacci resides in Fairfax County, Virginia, with his family.[3]

Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation,[4] which works to combat illiteracy in the United States.[5] Baldacci became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS.[6]


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.

Baldacci's novels have been translated into over 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. Over 110 million copies of his books were in print worldwide, as of 2013.[7]


Children's booksEdit

The Finisher (Vega Jane) series
  1. The Finisher (Scholastic Press, 2014) Baldacci's first fantasy novel for young readers
  2. The Keeper (Scholastic Press, 2015), sequel to The Finisher
  3. The Width of the World (2017), sequel to The Keeper
The 39 Clues series
  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 series
  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 novelsEdit


The Camel Club seriesEdit
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell seriesEdit
Shaw and Katie James seriesEdit
John Puller seriesEdit
Will Robie seriesEdit
Amos Decker seriesEdit
  • Memory Man (2015)
  • The Last Mile (2016)
  • The Fix (2017)
  • The Fallen (2018)

Stand-alone novelsEdit



  1. ^ Baldacci, David. "Memoirs". Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. 
  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 » Ricerca". Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  3. ^ The introduction to The Target
  4. ^ Wish You Well Foundation
  5. ^ Alison Bonaguru (2013). "David Baldacci". Virginia Living. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "David Baldacci". National MS Society. 2013. Archived from the original on May 17, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2013. author Sharon Baldacci was diagnosed with MS. 
  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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