David Baldacci
August 2009 Author of the Month
David Baldacci burst onto the scene with his book "Absolute
" that ended being a major motion picture staring Gene
and Clint Eastwood.  David is now one of the top selling
political suspense writers, with numerous books hitting the
bestseller list.  His latest release "
First Family" continues his
string of bestselling books.  He also has another book coming out
in October 2009 called "
True Blue".  It was great to catch up
with him with his busy schedule.  

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Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in another "King & Maxwell"
thriller... First Family!

It began with what seemed like an ordinary children’s birthday party.
Friends and family gathered to celebrate.  There were balloons and cake,
games and gifts.

This party, however, was far from ordinary. It was held at Camp David,
the presidential retreat. And it ended with a daring kidnapping... which
immediately turned into a national security nightmare.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell were not looking to become involved. As
former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, they had no
reason to be. The FBI doesn’t want them interfering. But years ago, Sean
King saved the First Lady’s husband, then a senator, from political disaster.
Now, Sean is the one person the First Lady trusts, and she presses Sean
and Michelle into the desperate search to rescue the kidnapped child.

With Michelle still battling her own demons, and forces aligned on all sides
against them, the two are pushed to the absolute limit. In the race to save
an innocent victim, the line between friend and foe will become impossible
to define... or defend.
This is the fourth book in the King and Maxwell series.  
A mysterious high-profile homicide in the nation's capital collides with the dark side of
national security in David Baldacci's new, heart-stopping thriller, True Blue.

Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was
kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything—her badge, her career, her
freedom—and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and is focused
on one mission: to be a cop once more.

Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove
she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side,
she has to work in the shadows: a vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to
send her back behind bars.

Then Roy Kingman enters her life.

Roy Kingman is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high-paying job at a
law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a
female partner at the firm.

Their investigation into the lawyer's death reveals surprising secrets from both the
private and public world of the nation's capital, and what began as a fairly routine
homicide investigation takes a terrifying and unexpected turn into something complex,
diabolical, and possibly lethal.
True Blue, coming out October 27, 2009
Below you will see an excerpt from the interview we conducted with David
Baldacci.  To view the entire interview and more you can check out the September
Edition of Suspense Magazine.
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1.  What is your all-time favorite book, not yours (why)?

Let me list two.  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.  I read this while sitting in a guard shack during my
brief stint as a Pinkerton security guard while I was in college.  I had the midnight to eight shift and the
book terrified me.  But it also was the book that made me start thinking about writing mysteries and
thrillers.  That story has stayed with me a long time.  Next,
Sophie's Choice by William Styron.  I had the
privilege of knowing Styron, but even if I hadn't, the book would be on my all-time favorite list.  I've
gone back to re-read it several times.  In a tie with that book (if I may list a third) would be
Cider House
by John Irving.  Again, a haunting tale of tragedy that took on an enormous social issue (abortion)
and did so with elegance, wit and even humor.  As you can see I don't have one favorite book, but I do
have lots of favorites.  And what a wonderful thing.  

2.  When did you decide to leave practicing law and write full-time?

When the success of Absolute Power allowed me to do so.  I had a family to support so the starving writer
route was not an option for me.  

3.  How did you celebrate your first book being published, then becoming a movie?

We had a book party in the community center of the neighborhood where we lived than and invited all
our friends and family.  For the movie, we took some friends, flew out to California and went to the
premiere, doing the whole red carpet thing.  (Though no one cared who I was.  I was just the guy who
came up with the entire story!)

Again to see the interview in it's entirety, check out the September of Suspense Magazine.