Books by David Baldacci

David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for nine years


THE ESCAPE by David Baldacci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A book that will entertain some readers but won't linger after the final page."
Steel-jawed John Puller is back for another round with the bad guys in Baldacci's latest action thriller. Read full book review >
FACEOFF by David Baldacci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"Promoting 'face-offs' pitting one author against another makes no sense since the goal here is cohesion. That said, this anthology handles its concept well."
Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, Ian Rankin's John Rebus and Lee Child's Jack Reacher are among the popular sleuths who mix it up in this story anthology from the International Thriller Writers trade group. Read full book review >
THE TARGET by David Baldacci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Robie and Reel fans will thrill to see their favorite spies back in action, no matter what the setting."
Baldacci picks up where he left off with CIA assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel in this no-holds-barred tale of perfidy and murder at the highest level. Read full book review >
THE FINISHER by David Baldacci
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2014

"Like many crossover efforts from name-brand authors: overstuffed and underinspired. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Baldacci takes a late and none-too-nimble leap aboard the children's-fantasy bandwagon with this tale of a rebellious teenager in a town surrounded by a monster-ridden forest. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"A solid thriller—though someone tell the fact checker that Bulgaria was never part of the Soviet Union."
"The next time you go on R and R, pick a safer place than Paradise." Mysterian Baldacci (The Sixth Man, 2011, etc.) serves up a gently ironic tale of mayhem, this time set in idyllic Florida. Read full book review >
ZERO DAY by David Baldacci
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Relentlessly formulaic, but Puller is a strong enough protagonist to keep the pages turning."
In his 22nd, Baldacci (The Sixth Man, 2011, etc.) introduces a soldier/sleuth who fights like Rambo and thinks like Holmes. Read full book review >
ONE SUMMER by David Baldacci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2011

"Baldacci's muscle-bound style doesn't do subtle: He is best at choreographing fight scenes, rescues and dire brushes with severe weather, all of which, thankfully, are here in abundance. Overall, though, the stilted language and trite sentimentalism are yawn-inducing."
Baldacci (Hell's Corner, 2010, etc.) departs from thriller mode to pen this often-maudlin tale of familial reinvention. Read full book review >
THE SIXTH MAN by David Baldacci
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 19, 2011

"Authentic scenario, mystery piled on misdirection and more double-crosses than a tic-tac-toe tournament."
To keep al-Qaeda zealots, megalomaniac North Koreans with nukes and other bad guys at bay, gigabytes of real-time intelligence stream to the Wall, there to be collated and conceptualized by one man, the Analyst. Read full book review >
HELL'S CORNER by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Strap on your Glock. Grab an extra magazine of shells. There's danger and excitement lurking around this Corner."
The Russian mafia, the Mexican drug cartel, billions of dollars and bombs targeting presidents and prime ministers combine to entrap John Carr (aka Oliver Stone) and the Camel Club into another quick-paced adventure. Read full book review >
DELIVER US FROM EVIL by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: April 20, 2010

"The characters are paper thin, the plot twists mostly telegraphed, but the betting here is that the Baldacci army will once again show the stuff it's made of."
In Baldacci's 19th (True Blue, 2009, etc.), boy and girl monster-hunters meet cute. Read full book review >
TRUE BLUE by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Gracelessly written, often implausible and inescapably pulpy, but also fast-paced and entertaining."
Baldacci (Divine Justice, 2008, etc.) presents a law-enforcement sister act, curtain-raiser for a new series that has every chance of keeping the pot boiling. Read full book review >
DIVINE JUSTICE by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Tighter than the writer's most recent efforts, but far from spellbinding."
Baldacci (The Whole Truth, 2008, etc.) moves his recurring Camel Club characters far enough offstage to let tough guy hero Oliver Stone take on a mean mountain town singlehandedly (for a while, at least) in something of the fashion of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Read full book review >
STONE COLD by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Baldacci (Simple Genius, 2007, etc.) can do this stuff in his sleep now, but it's still entertaining enough."
Baldacci's recurring Camel Club uses its special talents to help a scam artist in distress. Read full book review >
SIMPLE GENIUS by David Baldacci
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 24, 2007

"Lamer than usual. Has the formula at last run thin enough to keep Baldacci off the bestseller list?"
Murders, kidnappings, international conspiracies, internecine warfare between alphabet agencies, mad scientists and, oh yes, buried treasure, as Baldacci pours it on. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTORS by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"A tepid follow-up to The Camel Club (2005), with few surprises."
Helped by a beautiful grifter, the "Camel Club"—the four-man band of conspiracy theorists—returns to battle a threat to national security. Read full book review >
THE CAMEL CLUB by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Sure to be a bestseller, but the guy's phoning it in."
A lukewarm would-be potboiler of uninvolving intrigue about a kooky quartet of conspiracy theorists—one by the name of "Oliver Stone"—who witness the murder of a federal agent. Read full book review >
FREDDY AND THE FRENCH FRIES by David Baldacci
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Illustrations not seen. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Another bestselling author for adults tries for the youth market, with all too typically dismal results. Read full book review >
HOUR GAME by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 26, 2004

"Lame but, like its predecessors, bound for bestsellerdom."
A serial killer with a sense of history is the baddie in this latest from Baldacci, one of the reigning kings of potboilers (Split Second, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
SPLIT SECOND by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 30, 2003

"Assembly-line legal thriller: flat characters, lame scene-setting, and short but somehow interminable action: a lifeless concoction."
Two defrocked Secret Service Agents investigate the assassination of one presidential candidate and the kidnapping of another. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN by David Baldacci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Harmless, obvious, and about as full of surprises as a timetable."
A long-haul potboiler from the indefatigable Baldacci (Wish You Well, 2000, etc.) introduces a hardcase reporter to America and wins him his true love. Read full book review >
WISH YOU WELL by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 24, 2000

"Well-meant but not very well-written family saga."
A best-selling thriller author turns to down-home melodrama—with mixed results at best. Read full book review >
SAVING FAITH by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 18, 1999

"Graceless prose and shaky plotting don—t help, but it's those tacky, comic-strip villains that really do in the suspense."
Wayward politicos, bickering alphabet agencies, conspiracies rampant, gore galore—it must be time for another of Baldacci's ponderous potboilers (The Simple Truth, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SIMPLE TRUTH by David Baldacci
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 18, 1998

"Just another big, silly book about lawyers. (First printing of 500,000)"
A tiresome potboiler in which an appeal to the US Supreme Court sets off a killing spree that produces enough corpses for each justice to go one-on-one. Read full book review >
THE WINNER by David Baldacci
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 2, 1997

"Too preposterous to work as feminine wish-fulfillment, too formulaic to be suspenseful. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
Irritatingly trite woman-in-periler from lawyer-turned-novelist Baldacci. Read full book review >
TOTAL CONTROL by David Baldacci
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 16, 1997

"A talky, tedious tale of an unlikely heroine's desperate life on the run, longer on confusion than suspense or narrative coherence. (Main selection of the Literary Guild; $500,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In a hugger-mugger attempt to follow up his bestselling Absolute Power (1996), Baldacci pits a young widow against corporate villains who want her silenced at all costs. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTE POWER by David Baldacci
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 18, 1996

"For all its arresting premise, an overblown and tedious tale of capital sins. (Film rights to Castle Rock; Book-of-the-Month selection)"
The mother of all presidential cover-ups is the centerpiece gimmick in this far-fetched thriller from first-novelist Baldacci, a Washington-based attorney. Read full book review >