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David Baldacci

Author of The Camel Club

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About the Author

David Baldacci was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 5, 1960. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He practiced law in Washington D.C. as a trial and corporate lawyer. His first novel, show more Absolute Power, was published in 1996. It won Britain's prestigious W.H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997 and was adapted as a movie starring Clint Eastwood. His other works include Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, True Blue, One Summer and End Game. He writes numerous series including King and Maxwell, Freddy and the French Fries, the Camel Club, Will Robie, Shaw and Katie James, John Puller, Vega Jane, and Amos Decker. He also published a novella entitled Office Hours and has authored five original screenplays. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by David Baldacci

The Camel Club (2005) 5,214 copies
The Collectors (2006) 4,517 copies
Split Second (2003) 4,454 copies
Hour Game (2004) 4,249 copies
Stone Cold (2007) 3,926 copies
Simple Genius (2007) 3,918 copies
Absolute Power (1996) 3,612 copies
The Winner (1997) 3,447 copies
Saving Faith (1999) 3,390 copies
Last Man Standing (2001) 3,359 copies
The Simple Truth (1998) 3,225 copies
First Family (2009) 3,222 copies
Total Control (1996) 3,218 copies
The Whole Truth (2008) 3,207 copies
Divine Justice (2008) 3,180 copies
Wish You Well (2000) 2,993 copies
The Innocent (2012) 2,934 copies
Zero Day (2011) 2,837 copies
Memory Man (2015) 2,680 copies
The Christmas Train (2002) — Author — 2,625 copies
Hell's Corner (2010) 2,536 copies
True Blue (2009) 2,515 copies
The Sixth Man (2011) 2,410 copies
The Hit (2013) 2,405 copies
The Forgotten (2012) 2,372 copies
Deliver Us from Evil (2010) 2,303 copies
The Last Mile (2016) 2,131 copies
The Target (2014) 1,990 copies
The Escape (2014) 1,982 copies
The Fix (2017) — Author — 1,900 copies
King and Maxwell (2013) 1,874 copies
The Guilty (2015) 1,854 copies
Long Road to Mercy (2018) 1,654 copies
The Fallen (2018) 1,613 copies
No Man's Land (2016) 1,570 copies
One Summer (2011) 1,507 copies
End Game (2017) — Author — 1,460 copies
Redemption (2019) 1,352 copies
A Minute to Midnight (2019) 1,326 copies
Walk the Wire (2020) 1,256 copies
One Good Deed (2019) 1,201 copies
The Finisher (2014) 1,192 copies
Daylight (2020) 1,094 copies
A Gambling Man (2021) 870 copies
The 6:20 Man (2022) 867 copies
Mercy (2021) 733 copies
Long Shadows (2022) 662 copies
Dream Town (2022) 624 copies
Simply Lies (2023) 527 copies
FaceOff (2014) — Editor — 503 copies
Day of Doom (2013) 484 copies
The Keeper (2015) 483 copies
The Edge (2023) 337 copies
The Width of the World (2017) 257 copies
No Time Left (2010) 246 copies
The Stars Below (2019) 151 copies
Fries Alive! (2005) 139 copies
Office Hours (2000) 118 copies
The Mighty Johns (2002) 93 copies
A Calamity of Souls (2024) 26 copies
The Christmas Train [2017 TV movie] (2017) — Author — 13 copies
Wish You Well [2013 film] (2013) — Author — 8 copies
The Final Play (2021) 7 copies
The Christmas Box (2001) 6 copies
One Summer [2021 TV movie] (2022) — Author — 5 copies
Downfall (2021) 5 copies
Split Second / Hour Game (2009) 3 copies
Absolute Power 2 copies
Evil 2 copies
Lang vei mot dag (2023) 1 copy
The Trial 1 copy
Simply 1 copy
The Lion 1 copy
Memory 1 copy
As you Were 1 copy
H. (1900) 1 copy
Split Second Poster (2003) 1 copy

Associated Works

No Rest for the Dead: A Serial Novel (2011) — Contributor; Introduction — 405 copies
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2019 v05 #367 (2019) — Author — 4 copies


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Common Knowledge

Other names
Ford, David
Ford, David B.
Ford, David Baldacci
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Places of residence
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Vienna, Virginia, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
University of Virginia (JD)
Virginia Commonwealth University (BA)
Henrico High School
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (National Ambassador)
Wish You Well Foundation
Awards and honors
People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful People (1997)
Aaron Priest (Aaron Priest Literary Agency)
Short biography
David Baldacci (b. 1960 in Richmond, Virginia) is a bestselling American novelist. Baldacci received a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. As a student, Baldacci 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 despair, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute Power. It took Baldacci two years to get the book published, but when it finally did hit the shelves in 1996 it was an international best seller.

David Baldacci serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and participates in numerous charities as well as founding his own foundation for literacy, Wish You Well Foundation. Baldacci was raised in Virginia and still resides there (in Vienna, Virginia) with his wife, Michelle A. Collin-Baldacci (Mikki), and two children. His cousin is the Democratic Governor of Maine John Baldacci, first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

In 1997, People magazine named him one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.



Let’s Meet.. in Book Discussion : Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci (June 2020)
Chat in Book Discussion : Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci (June 2020)
Chat in Book Discussion : Divine Justice by David Baldacci (May 2020)
Chat in Book Discussion : Stone Cold by David Baldacci (April 2020)
Let’s remind ourselves about the Author. in Book Discussion : Stone Cold by David Baldacci (April 2020)
Chat in Book Discussion: The Collectors by David Baldacci (March 2020)
Meet the Author... in Book Discussion : The Camel Club by David Baldacci (August 2019)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Camel Club by David Baldacci (July 2019)
Meet the Author in Book Discussion : End Game by David Baldacci (December 2018)
Chat in Book Discussion : End Game by David Baldacci (December 2018)
Chat in Book Discussion: The Guilty by David Baldacci (August 2018)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Target by David Baldacci (May 2018)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Hit by David Baldacci (January 2018)
Chat in Book Discussion : King and Maxwell by David Baldacci (September 2017)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Innocent by David Baldacci (August 2017)
Chat in Book Discussion : The Sixth Man by David Baldacci (May 2017)
Chat in Book Discussion - First Family by David Baldacci (January 2017)
Pre Book Discusssion Chat in Book Discussion : Simple Genius by David Baldacci (October 2016)
Pre Group Read Discussion in Book Discussion : Hour Game by David Baldacci (July 2016)
YA -Girl in small mountain (mine?) town in Name that Book (July 2016)


This book is nothing like any of the others that I have read by this author. It is a standalone that deals heavily with desegregation in the South during the late '60s. As we all know, this was a difficult time for America, especially in the southern part of the country. I find it interesting that Mr. Baldacci would publish this novel now when America is yet again having racial issues and an election is on the near horizon. But as someone else said, this is a "cause" book, and it shines as such.

It is a difficult book to read at times and not just because of the politics, bigotry, and bias - it is also difficult to read because it has been done before, although with a tad more subtlety. This book just pounds you over the head with hatred -aggressively.

It did have an interesting little twist at the end that I didn't see coming.

This book is very predictable, and I felt that the characters lacked something; some emotion, and I couldn't 'feel' for them.

For comparison, try the classic book To Kill a Mockingbird

*ARC was supplied by the publisher Grand Central Publishing | Hachette Book Group, the author, and NetGalley.
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Cats57 | 2 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
The Camel Club is back, and its members are up against it once again. We are aware that the man now known as ‘Oliver Stone’ has a shady past, and now it seems set to catch up with him. While this does work as a standalone novel, there are strong resonances from the Camel Club’s previous outings.

It appears that someone is killing members of the 666 Group, a secret cadre of highly trained assassins that had been run by the American intelligence service. The fact that someone is capable of killing such capable victims sends shockwaves through that cloistered community, and all sorts of conspiracy theories are unleashed.

Meanwhile, virtual Camel Club member Annabelle Conroy is still being pursued by the Atlantic City gangster whom she stung for $40 million in the previous novel. He is as tenacious as she is evasive.

As always, Baldacci ties all the various threads together very capably, and sucks the reader in right from the beginning of the book.
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Eyejaybee | 92 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
A Calamity of Souls by David Baldacci is a courtroom drama/mystery set in southern Virginia in 1968 during the desegregation of the South. It is an exceptional, very highly recommended novel.

Jack Lee is a white lawyer from Freeman County, Virginia, who agrees to defend Black Vietnam veteran Jerome Washington who has been charged with murdering his employers, Leslie and Anne Randolph. Even though it is clear considering obvious evidence that Jerome is innocent, it soon becomes apparent that local prejudices and outside forces are all working against Jack and Jerome to ensure a guilty verdict and they won't hesitate to use physical violence. Then Desiree DuBose, a Black lawyer from Chicago sent by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, arrives in Freeman County. She has devoted her life to furthering the causes of justice and equality for everyone and enters into a partnership with Jack to defend Jerome. The two work together to fight against a system that doesn't want to accept change of their prejudicial beliefs.

In the author's notes at the opening of the novel Baldacci explains that this novel has been in the works for over a decade and contains autobiographical elements in the story. This was a tumultuous time in history when George Wallace was running for president and vehemently opposed desegregation and Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy had been murdered. The historical context is an important element to the whole narrative.

The characters are all wonderfully, fully realized and come to life in A Calamity of Souls. The well-developed characters help set this one apart. The actual narrative is a subject that has been told before in several other excellent novels and this is a welcomed edition to that group. Baldacci's experience as a lawyer help make the preparations for the defense and the trial come to life. There are plenty of twists and evidence revealed to surprise you and make this an exceptional novel that should resonate with most readers.

Once you start reading you will not be able to put A Calamity of Souls aside. It will hold your complete attention and the pages will just fly by. In fact, I was so engrossed in the narrative that after I finished it I was surprised to see the length of the novel. Thanks to Grand Central for providing me with an advance reader's copy via NetGalley. My review is voluntary and expresses my honest opinion.
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SheTreadsSoftly | 2 other reviews | Apr 6, 2024 |
Full of action and the person who did it you would never imagine.
Mariafrendo | 130 other reviews | Apr 6, 2024 |



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