David Baldacci



Three works of grace, intrigue, and passion.



David Baldacci Formerly a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer, in 1996 David Baldacci employed his intimate knowledge of the nation's capital and its denizens into the bestselling legal-political thriller Absolute Power.  Since then, he's proven one of the most enduringly popular creators of narrative excitement on the scene, crafting tales that blend international power struggles, shadowy cabals, and all the intricate twists of the law.  In his latest, Deliver Us from Evil, a sadistic former KGB officer is pursued by competing hunters.   The author shares with us here three of his favorite books.


Books by David Baldacci




Cider House Rules

By John Irving


"Many writers have the ability to propel readers to another place and time but few have the vision to do so while examining very controversial topics. These topics have readers questioning their own long-standing beliefs. Irving has this rare and unmatched talent. He takes on substantive issues with humor and grace. He sets his own rules of storytelling and dares anyone to challenge his decisions. He is the Twain of our generation."





Strangers on a Train

By Patricia Highsmith


"When thinking of this book, I can't help but admire the double-talk and cross-meanings -- its main themes. This novel is a prime example of how to build tension and excitement in a narrative. You don't need dead bodies on every page. One carefully constructed death of a character that has been expertly brought to life is worth more than a hundred largely anonymous demises. Highsmith understood substance over quantity. I loved it and go back to it regularly, getting more and more out of the story which is as perfect a case study of human foibles as has ever been conceived."



John Adams

By David McCullough


"McCullough brings to life a remarkable man in a remarkable book. Each page paints a picture of a true American patriot. A man who understood the rule of law and understood that it must be applied fairly, even to those most reviled among us, especially to those people in fact. Even though Adams lived over 200 years ago his passion for freedom and what it really means to be an American is still relevant today."


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."