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David Baldacci

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Michelle Baldacci

Notable works
Sharon Baldacci

David Baldacci

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August 5, 1960 (age 63) Richmond, Virginia (

Alma mater
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityUniversity of Virginia

Thriller, children's literature

Joyce Rose Baldacci, Rudolph Baldacci

The Target, Memory Man, The Camel Club, The Hit, The Finisher

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Lee Child, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, John Grisham, John Sandford


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


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Early life and education

David Baldacci with a tight-lipped smile while wearing a brown jacket and blue checkered long sleeves

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.


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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.

David Baldacci smiling while wearing a white polo

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

Personal life and charities

Baldacci resides in Fairfax County, Virginia, with his family.

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


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.


  • 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.
  • References

    David Baldacci Wikipedia

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