All the presidents’ authors: how politicians have helped thriller writers

Bill Clinton’s forthcoming thriller, written with James Patterson, will likely contain unparalleled insider knowledge. But many writers have benefited from a discreet word with people in power. Plus, The Guardian picks “The Five Best White House Thrillers.” Read more here.

Thriller writer David Baldacci is coming to Newcastle and South Shields this week

Take a look at the fiction shelves of any bookshop or library and you’ll probably see the name Baldacci occupying a good length of them.

But this week brings the chance to put a face to the name as David Baldacci visits North East libraries as part of the Big North Book Run. Read more here.

Writer David Baldacci opens up about his friendships with some of the world’s most powerful leaders

Washington intrigue, global espionage – no wonder four US presidents count themselves David Baldacci superfans. But, the thriller writer tells Event, even he never expected to bump into Obama in a bookshop… Read more here.

Review: THE FIX is a compelling puzzler

“Baldacci is a truly gifted storyteller, and this novel is a perfect “fix” for the thriller aficionado,” says the Associated Press. Read the full review here.

Books: New and Noteworthy

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

David Baldacci talks his flawed detective and his latest yarn, ‘The Fix’

Amos Decker, the former professional football player and ex-cop-turned-private detective in best-selling author David Baldacci’s most popular series, is flawed. “I love Amos Decker,” Baldacci said. “He has so many flaws. He crashes and burns a lot. He’s got this superpower that lifts him above other people in a narrow way.” Read the full interview here.

Baldacci: On Reading, Writing & Literacy

With over 110 million copies of his books in print, chances are you’ve heard the name of author David Baldacci. His first book, Absolute Power, was adapted into a film starring Clint Eastwood. His books have been published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries. But it was because of this literary success that Baldacci wanted to avoid preferential treatment when it came to publishing his Vega Jane series for young readers. Read/listen to the full story here.

David Baldacci to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Library of Virginia

Best-selling author David Baldacci will receive this year’s Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia. The award, which recognizes outstanding and long-lasting contributions to literature by an author with Virginia ties, will be given at the library’s Literary Awards Celebration in October. Read more here.

Pop Culture of My Life: David Baldacci on his love for J.K. Rowling and Adele

The thriller writer—who just published his 33rd novel, NO MAN’S LAND—opens up about his penchant for British TV dramas, In Cold Blood, Adele, MacGyver, and warm, fuzzy children’s books.

Review: NO MAN’S LAND is action-packed

Read the full review here.