David Baldacci has been writing ever since he was a little kid. The story goes that his mother gave him a notebook at an early age—and he hasn't stopped writing since. It wasn't until much later, when he thanked his mother for the inspiration, that he learned she had supplied him with the notebook so that she could have a little quiet.
Baldacci's most recent novel is Daylight, book 3 in the Atlee Pine series. Atlee Pine, an FBI agent whose twin sister Mercy was abducted when she was six, finds herself in New Jersey, far from her native southwest. As she stumbles into a bigger case, one that could threaten global democracy itself, Atlee also moves closer to learning what became of Mercy.
Read on to see what #1 best-selling author David Baldacci read and loved in 2020:
The Way Some People Die by Ross Macdonald
PI Lew Archer hunts down a missing woman with a penchant for loving bad guys. Macdonald was the heir apparent to Raymond Chandler, and this story is dripping with atmosphere and luxuriant prose wrapped in a compelling mystery.
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
A tale told in epistolary form, it represents a stunning achievement in seeing America specifically and life in general through the eyes of an immigrant family. A wholly unique work brimming with wisdom and empathy.
Broken by Don Winslow
A master of the crime fiction genre, Winslow takes us through a series of carefully crafted short stories that bleed authenticity. The guy can flat-out write and tell a wicked tale.
One by One by Ruth Ware
The Agatha Christie of her generation takes us to a Swiss chalet in the middle of an avalanche in an imaginative remastering of Christie’s And Then There Were None. Exciting, clever, heartbreaking, and sure to please all mystery fans.
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Here's an author who reads widely and well.