ADULT FICTION FEATURED AUTHOR
David Baldacci was born in 1960 in Richmond Virginia. He is a life-long Virginian- raised, educated and, with his family, long settled in Fairfax County. Baldacci received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington D.C., the setting of many of his novels. Baldacci’s reputation as a writer of thrillers is almost without peer. His interest in the written word extends well beyond his own career. The Baldacci’s, David and his wife, Michelle, are active and involved philanthropists, having established the “Wish You Well Foundation” to foster and promote literacy-based educational programs. Subsequently, the Baldacci’s became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS.
Baldacci began writing short stories in childhood. During the years he practiced law, he began writing in earnest. “Absolute Power,” his first novel, took him three years to write and was published in 1996. It was an immediate, international success, followed by a feature film with Hollywood notable Clint Eastwood as the director and star. Baldacci’s works have been translated into more than 45 languages, sold in more than 80 countries with over 130 million sales worldwide. Over the years, Baldacci has created multiple series featuring the same main characters. Those series are here summarized to serve as a guide to help you make your reading selections.
A. Shaw Series: A secret government-endorsed band of highly trained, highly motivated “agents” spends its days hunting down some of the world’s most notorious criminals and “monsters.” Novels: The Whole Truth (2008), Deliver Us From Evil (2010)
Amos Decker Series: Amos Decker is an extraordinary detective who, because of a life-changing brain injury, remembers everything, including painful things he would give anything to forget. Novels: Memory Man (2015), The Last Mile (2016), The Fix (2017)
Camel Club Series: Four unlikely partners comprise the Camel Club: The leader, man without a past Oliver Stone, obsessive computer genius Milton Farb, blue-collar laborer Reuben Rhodes and Library of Congress reference specialist Caleb Shaw. Their goal is to seek the truth, an often elusive goal in their hometown, Washington, D.C. In their quest for the truth, they are assisted by an unusual array of friends- Secret Service agent Alex Ford, homeless activist Adelphia, and con-artist extraordinaire Annabelle Conroy. Novels: The Camel Club (2005) The Collectors (2006) Stone Cold (2007) Divine Justice (2008) Hell’s Corner (2010).
King and Maxwell Series: Sean King is a former Secret Service agent who allowed his attention to wander for a split second, an error that resulted in the death of the presidential candidate he had been protecting. Michelle Maxwell is a former Secret Service agent who “lost” the politician she was supposed to protect when the politician vanished behing closed doors while comforting a grieving widow. Their destinies converge when Michelle becomes obsessed with Sean’s case, and when Sean needs the help of a new friend to solve crimes that implicate him as the culprit. Professional pride, romantic tension, and common causes bring together King and Maxwell as a crime-solving dynamic duo. Novels: Split Second (2003), hour Game (2004), Simple Genius (2007), First Family (2009), The Sixth Man (2011), King and Maxwell (2013)
John Puller Series: John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth. Novels: Zero Day (2011), The Forgotten (2012), The Escape (2014), No Man’s Land (2016).
Vega Jane Series: Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but a forest filled with danger and death. And she always believed it- until the night she saw Quentin Herms run away. Vega knows Quentin didn’t just leave- he was chased. And he left a trail of clues that point to a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wormwood. To follow the clues will attract the attention of influential people willing to kill to keep their secrets. If Vega wants to stay safe, she just needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. There’s only one problem- Vega Jane never walks away from a fight. David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, hit hard, and defy all odds to uncover the truth. Novels: The Finisher (2014), The Keeper (2015), The Width of the World (2017.
Will Robie Series: America has enemies- ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can’t stop. To combat them, the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone-cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target. Novels: The Innocent (2012), The hit (2013), The Target (2014), The Guilty (2015).