Newsweek published yesterday a profile on political thriller writer David Baldacci whose fourth mystery in the Sean King / Michelle Maxwell series, First Family, is being published next month by Grand Central. (The article, by Louisa Thomas, will appear in the March 30, 2009 issue of the magazine.)
Baldacci burst onto the scene in 1996 when his novel Absolute Power was published and later adapted for the 1997 film of the same name directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Since then he has had 16 bestselling novels.
Like other thriller authors, Thomas writes, Baldacci depends on a mixture of inventive plotting, appealing characters, luck and consistency. Unlike others, his books rely more on characters' relationships than whiz-bang technology or procedural twists. Baldacci, a former attorney, agrees, adding that his novels also offer a kind of reworking of justice. "As a lawyer, as a private citizen, you see a lot of injustice. You see a lot of people who should have been punished and are not, and people who were punished wrongfully are not vindicated," he says. "Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur."
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