David Baldacci’s The Target features a quote from his fictional president… “(we’re facing) a choice between the awful and the terrible.” This encapsulates the decisions that every major character must make, unsoluable dilemmas where the righteous can cause greater damage than the villainous. A Robie and Reel thriller, it will have you contemplating our country’s place in the world, while being entertained by a master at the top of his game. Our conversation with David helps divine the real world from the fictional, although the lines are frequently blurred beyond recognition.
David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell is the sixth in his series featuring these title characters, ex-secret service agents turned private investigators. They stumble onto a plot involving a teenager and his father, an army sergeant who was supposedly killed in action. David talks about how he goes against conventional gender roles with his leads, and how the CIA is actually dwarfed by another spy agency that receives far
less media attention. Suspenseful reading— as Baldacci typically peels away layers of intrigue to reveal the truth.
David Baldacci’s latest is The Hit, revisiting his Will Robie character, who is tasked to eliminate a rogue CIA agent. As is usually the case in David’s novels, nothing is as it first appears. In our chat, he talks about his new film and TV series, and how he feels about America’s use of drones. This thoughtful and prolific writer also reveals plans for his next project.
In The Forgotten, the prolific David Baldacci explores modern day human slavery, a practice he asserts is currently a highly profitable criminal enterprise in certain areas of the United States. His continuing protagonist this time is army CID officer John Puller, a mountain of a man who stumbles onto the slave trade while investigating the death of a beloved aunt who resided in a fictional upscale village called Paradise on the gulf coast of the Florida panhandle. In our conversation, Baldacci reveals his future writing plans, plus some news about a film and a new TV series pilot he is working on.
David Baldacci’s The Innocent pairs a government sponsored assassin with a fourteen year old girl, seeking the villains who killed her parents. Baldacci explains how, in Will Robie, he creates a sympathetic character that readers will root for, when initially the man appears to be a cold blooded killer without a conscience. David projects Robie as one of his continuing characters for subsequent novels, a tough task indeed without humanizing this terminator-like entity. Featuring one of his more complex plot lines, The Innocent will keep you guessing until the final chapters. Also in our conversation, Baldacci addresses the current Secret Service scandal, given that his research and personal relationships have provided him with a unique insight into how that agency functions.
David Baldacci’s latest marks the return of his two Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. The pair are doing a favor for an old lawyer friend, who is defending an alleged serial killer. The plot gets complicated when the old friend turns up murdered, and our intrepid duo are immediate suspects. In our conversation, the prolific Baldacci details the relationship with his editors and how he goes about crafting such elaborate thrillers. He also plunges headfirst into the electronic book pricing controversy. David is always honest and personable, you’ll gain insight into this novelist’s technique and style in our easygoing chat.
The Sixth Man is available on Amazon.