David Baldacci – A Prince of Suspense - Dark Streets
When one thinks of suspense, David Baldacci’s name is at the top of the list. His thrillers constantly top the NY Times Bestseller lists – not bad for an ex-lawyer from Virginia! If James Patterson is the “King” of Suspense, then Baldacci certainly qualifies for prince status!
Baldacci received a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. As a student,he wrote short stories in his spare time, and later practiced law for nine years near Washington, D.C.. While living in Alexandria, Virginia, Baldacci wrote short stories and screenplays without much success.
In 1996, his first novel Absolute Power was published and became an immediate bestseller. It tells the story of a fictional American President and his Secret Service agents who are willing to murder people in order to cover up the accidental death of a woman with whom the President was having an affair. It was made into a film, Absolute Power (1997), starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.
Baldacci has gone on to publish more than twenty further novels: Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, Wish You Well, Last Man Standing, The Christmas Train, Split Second, Hour Game, The Camel Club, The Collectors, Simple Genius, Stone Cold, The Whole Truth, Divine Justice, True Blue, Deliver Us From Evil, Hell's Corner, The Sixth Man, One Summer, Zero Day and The Innocent, as well as two young adult novels in the Freddy and the French Fries series, in addition to authoring several original screenplays. Over 110 million copies of Baldacci's books are in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling writers in history. Fifteen of his novels have been number one bestsellers – how’s that for a track record?
Below is a brief of his latest novel, The Innocent:
America has enemies—ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.
But Will Robie may have just made the first—and last—mistake of his career . . .
THE INNOCENT It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.
Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway-her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her.
Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power.
Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life . . . and perhaps his own.
April 23 sees the release of Baldacci’s next novel, THE HIT. And judging from past experience, we’re looking at a hit! Definitely.
Columnist: Toni LoTempio – admin by day, writer by night, Toni is the author of several paperback and e-books of paranormal suspense – as well as the upcoming Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkeley Prime Crime. She and her cat ROCCO do fundraising for Nathan Fillion’s charity, KIDS NEED TO READ, when they aren’t interviewing authors on ROCCO’s blog! You can keep up with all the latest interviews and news (the release of the forthcoming MEOW IF IT’S MURDER included) at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com