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The Keeper

Master storyteller David Baldacci is back with Vega Jane, the heroine with the iron will from his instant #1 global bestselling and award-winning fantasy debut, The Finisher.

Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but the Quag, a wilderness filled with danger and death. And she believed it — until the night she stumbled across a secret that proved that everything she knew was a lie.

Now just one thing stands between Vega Jane and freedom — the Quag. In order to leave Wormwood and discover the truth about her world, Vega and her best friend Delph must find a way to make it across a terrifying land of bloodthirsty creatures and sinister magic. But the Quag is worse than Vega Jane’s darkest imagining. It’s a living, breathing prison designed to keep enemies out and the villagers of Wormwood in.

The Quag will throw everything at Vega Jane. It will try to break her. It will try to kill her. And survival might come at a price not even Vega Jane is willing to pay.

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Memory Man

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Amos Decker’s life changed forever—twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect—he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare—his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

What others are saying:

“Readers will want to see Decker back on the printed page again and again.”
–Kirkus Reviews

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The Escape (John Puller #3)

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David Baldacci’s blockbuster #1 bestselling thrillers Zero Day and The Forgotten introduced readers to John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, all his experience, all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.

THE ESCAPE

It’s a prison unlike any other. Military discipline rules. Its security systems are unmatched. None of its prisoners dream of escaping. They know it’s impossible . . . until now.

John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller must bring in his brother to face justice.

But Puller quickly discovers that his brother is pursued by others who don’t want him to survive. Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.

They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction . . . and someone out there doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother—or himself.

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What others are saying:

In his “clever third John Puller thriller…Baldacci handles the complex plot with consummate ease as the Pullers navigate nearly endless surprises.”
Publishers Weekly

“Emotionally intense, ‘The Escape’ is Baldacci’s best to date.”
Associated Press

“Baldacci applies pressure and builds suspense as few writers can.”
–San Antonio Express-News

“David Baldacci has never been better than in ‘The Escape.'”
Providence Journal

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The Target (Will Robie #3)

The President knows it’s a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.

Together, Robie and Reel’s talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don’t trust the pair. They doubt their willingness to follow orders. And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed, but that they do not survive.

As they prepare for their mission, Reel faces a personal crisis that could well lead old enemies right to her doorstep, resurrecting the ghosts of her earlier life and bringing stark danger to all those close to her. And all the while, Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary: an unknown and unlikely assassin, a woman who has trained her entire life to kill, and who has her own list of targets—a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel.

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Listen to Chapter 1 here.

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“Baldacci has been on a hot streak for the past few years, and ‘The Target’ continues the trend. This isn’t a garden-variety thriller or even a garden-variety Baldacci. It’s among his most exhilarating books yet.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Baldacci knows how to get readers to turn the pages, and he’s in top form here.”
–Associated Press

“Many scenes in this tale would be unreadable, were it not for Mr. Baldacci’s brilliant use of language, his vivid supporting characters and numerous sudden and unexpected plot twists…[Baldacci] doesn’t let the action sag at any point…In [Chung-Cha], Mr. Baldacci has created one of his most memorable characters…”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“As ever, Baldacci keeps things moving at express-train speed…the one will whet appetites for the next appearance of his agent hero.”
Daily Express (UK)

“Baldacci’s prose crackles with urgency…Robie and Reel fans will thrill to see their favorite spies back in action.”
Kirkus

“Baldacci, author of 28 best-selling novels, has hit a rich seam in this high-octane, deep and dark series which harnesses moments of electrifying psychological intensity with charismatic characters and riveting action sequences.”
The Visitor (UK)

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Bullseye (short story)

In this original short story, worlds collide when government assassin Will Robie is caught in the crossfire with Oliver Stone and the Camel Club.

Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist–and he’s taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable–and dangerous–than the cash in the vault?

Available as an ebook, and as a bonus in the 2014 paperback reissue of THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN.

 

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The Finisher

Why would Quentin Herms flee into the Quag? There was nothing in the Quag except certain death. 

Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. But this isn’t unusual — nobody has ever left the village of Wormwood. At least not until Quentin Herms vanishes into the unknown.

Vega knows Quentin didn’t just leave — he was chased. And he’s left behind a very dangerous trail of clues that only she can decode.

The Quag is a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers. But just as deadly are the threats that exist within the walls of Wormwood. It is a place built on lies, where influential people are willing to kill to keep their secrets. Vega is determined to uncover the truth — but the closer she gets, the more she risks her life.

With THE FINISHER, master storyteller David Baldacci conjures a thrilling, imaginative world where things are as wrong as wrong can be — and introduces us to an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, look close, and defy all odds in her fight to do what’s right.

Read an excerpt.

View the book trailer.

For ages 10-110.

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What others are saying:

“What happens when an international best-selling crime novelist tries his hand at a youth fantasy? Well, in this case, success. Baldacci, best known for writing thrillers, also has a talent for creating magical worlds…he offers readers a smart, tough heroine worth rooting for.”
Booklist, starred review

“A wildly fanciful and darkly intriguing tale of a girl forced to fight for her life as she investigates the secrets of her tiny community.  …Consistently using smarts, cunning, and improvisation, Vega proves herself a strong, admirable heroine….”
Publishers Weekly

“Baldacci’s world-building is vivid and exciting, drawing the reader effortlessly into the story. The characters are carefully and richly drawn, with a very sympathetic and appealing female protagonist in Vega Jane. Teen readers who cannot get enough of dystopias will embrace this one enthusiastically and eagerly await the sequel.”
VOYA

“This story is one that will have you on the edge of your seat.”
SF Revu

“Forget Katniss Everdeen, Vega Jane has stolen my heart. I’ve read several novels in the last few years with female protagonists and none of them are as amazing as Vega…Her adventures must be continued. To not do so would be a crime. This is the female protagonist I want my daughters to read and emulate.”
SciFi Pulse

“The Finisher is reminiscent of The Giver with a dash of Pleasantville thrown in. There is also plenty of action, a gargantuan mystery, and enough monsters to fill a Cherry Hill, NJ event. My advice? Stick with the first one or two chapters and you will be rewarded.”
Geeks of Doom

“Baldacci’s mastery of emotional tension and full-throttle action is on fine display. The quirky, lovable cast of characters will endear ‘The Finisher’ to readers of all ages.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“This vividly described tale takes readers to an original fantasy world full of strange creatures, intriguing relationships, and long-lost secrets. Baldacci knows how to deliver thrills.”
– Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven series

“The Finisher is an enchanting romp through a fantastical world worthy of Rowling or Brooks. Baldacci proves that his pen can engage youth as well as adults.”
– Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Michael Vey series

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David’s “Fast 5” on THE FINISHER

David’s “Fact 5” on advice for aspiring writers

David’s “Fast 5” on his writing space

David’s “Fast 5” things you might not know about him

David’s “Fast 5” on his writing process

King and Maxwell

King and Maxwell (King & Maxwell #6)

They’re back! Sean King and Michelle Maxwell – former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, featured in the hit TNT TV series King & Maxwell – return in their most surprising, personal, and dangerous case ever . . .

KING AND MAXWELL

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father . . . after his supposed death.

Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler’s father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?

Sean and Michelle soon realize that they’ve stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. And as their hunt for the truth leads them relentlessly to the highest levels of power and to uncovering the most clandestine of secrets, Sean and Michelle are determined to help and protect Tyler–though they may pay for it with their lives.

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What others are saying:

“Terrific…shocking…The best book yet in the series.”
Associated Press

 

 

The Hit

The Hit (Will Robie #2)

Will Robie is a master of killing.

A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst—enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.

No one else can match Robie’s talents as a hitman…no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she’s gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.

But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.

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What others are saying:

“The best Baldacci novel in years.”
Associated Press

“I pictured this book in a 10-word review: Page-turning, pulse-racing action, with surprises and thrills galore. Or as a one-word review: Mesmerizing.”
Deseret News

“[The Hit’s] pace is relentless, and Baldacci’s reworking of his perennial theme — absolute power corrupts absolutely — gives the book a sense of urgency and cultural relevance that many thrillers lack.”
Richmond Times Dispatch

“This is a page-turner of a book. You will see where it is going long before you get there but you won’t see who’s pulling the strings. Baldacci sets up a raft of villains that will keep you looking over your shoulder to the very end.”
Daily Express (UK)

“…An engrossing, action-packed thriller.”
Examiner.com

“With a lightning pace, captivating characters, and astonishing twists throughout, ‘The Hit’ is guaranteed to keep your attention from the first page to the last.”
The Times-News (NC)

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Day of Doom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, Book Six)

The Ultimate Sacrifice

It started with a kidnapping. A shadowy organization known only as the Vespers snatched seven members of the Cahill family and demanded a series of bizarre ransoms from around the world. Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, began a global treasure hunt, determined to bring back whatever Vesper One needed, so long as it kept the hostages safe. (more…)

The Forgotten

The Forgotten (John Puller #2)

Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case—but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida. (more…)