David Baldacci

David Baldacci (born August 5, 1960)[1] is a bestselling American novelist. An attorney by education, Baldacci writes mainly suspense novels and legal thrillers. His fans include former President Barack Obama.[2]

David Baldacci
Baldacci at the 2015 National Book Festival
Baldacci at the 2015 National Book Festival
Born (1960-08-05) August 5, 1960 (age 61)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Alma materVirginia Commonwealth University
University of Virginia
GenreThrillers, children's literature
Notable worksAbsolute Power
Michelle Collin
(m. 1990)


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. 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. He is of Italian descent from Barga, in Tuscany.[3]


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 40 best-selling novels for adults as well as seven novels for younger readers.

Personal life and charitiesEdit

Baldacci resides in Fairfax County, Virginia, with his family.[4]

Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation,[5] which works to combat illiteracy in the United States.[6] Baldacci became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS.[7]


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 novels have been published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales as of 2018.[8]


Sean King and Michelle Maxwell seriesEdit

The Camel Club seriesEdit

A. 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)
  • Redemption (2019)
  • Walk The Wire (2020)

Atlee Pine seriesEdit

  • Long Road to Mercy (2018)
  • A Minute to Midnight (2019)
  • Daylight (2020, John Puller crossover)
  • Mercy (2021)[9]

Aloysius Archer seriesEdit

  • One Good Deed (2019)
  • A Gambling Man (2021)

Stand-alone novelsEdit

For young readersEdit

Freddy and the French Fries seriesEdit

  • 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 seriesEdit

The Finisher (Vega Jane) seriesEdit



  1. ^ Baldacci, David. "Memoirs". gohiblog.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-23.
  2. ^ "Everybody — including President Obama — was buying books this weekend - The Washington Post".
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ The introduction to The Target
  5. ^ "Home". Wish You Well Foundation.
  6. ^ Alison Bonaguru (2013). "David Baldacci". Virginia Living. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Baldacci, David (2021-11-16). Mercy. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5387-1969-5.
  10. ^ "The Final Play - Pan Macmillan AU". Pan Macmillan Australia. Retrieved 2021-07-23.

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