Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are in a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder Roger Seagraves is selling America to her enemies, one devastating secret at a time. On a local level, Annabelle Conroy, the most gifted con artist of her generation, is becoming a bit of a Robin Hood as she plots a monumental scam against one of the most ruthless businessmen on earth. As the killings on both fronts mount, the Camel Club fights the most deadly foes theyvtories hinge on the complex machinations behind the presidency, the FBI, the Supreme Court and other spheres of influence, Baldacci (a former Washington, D.
C.-based attorney) finds his way into a mystery through the eyes of the innocents. Semi-innocents, at least small players who often dont realize theyre players at all end up hunting down answers, and their hunt becomes the readers. According to Baldacci, reading John Irvings The World According to Garp convinced him that he wanted to be a novelist.
Absolute Power in which a thief finds himself accidentally connected to a murder involving the president and the ensuing coverup was hardly Irvingesque; but it did begin Baldaccis friendly relationship with the bestseller lists, which has continued over his writing career. Baldaccis style is brief and plot-driven, but hes not afraid to linger on macabre and vivid details, such as a rosary clenched in a plane crash victims hand, or hard-learned lessons from a snipers life (pack your food so you can find it at night, by touch). These small but memorable indeed, almost cinematic details give his books another layer that distinguishes them from the average potboiler.
Although the author has occasionally departed from his usual fare (examples include the tenderhearted coming-of-age tale Wish You Well and the holiday-themed adventure The Christmas Train), it is high-octane thrillers that are his true stock in trade. Whether its a taut stand-alone or a new installment in his Camel Club series, readers know when they crack the spine of a new Baldacci book, theyre in for an action-packed page-turner. .
Good To Know Baldacci was a trial lawyer and a corporate lawyer for nine years in Washington, D. C. He worked his way through college as a Pinkerton security guard and by washing and detailing 18-wheel trucks.
Baldacci writes under his own name except when published in Italy, where he uses a pseudonym because it is the homeland of his ancestors. Bill Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1998, according to Baldaccis web site.