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."


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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).