(Publisher’s Weekly, Mar. 9)
The Whole Truth (copies in print: 1,066,000) leads off a roster of 12 new mass market arrivals – the highest number since March 12, 2007, when a lucky 13 newbies landed. There are 65 million copies of Baldacci’s books in print in 40+ languages an din mor ethan 85 countires. A stickler for realism, Baldacci is one of only a handful of authors contacted by top government agencies to help them theorize potential terrorist scenarios. Coming on April21 is his next hardcover, First Family.
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Q: In you return to writing about lawyers and corruption within our government’s highest offices. Why did you decide to write about the legal world?
A: Foremost, because I know a lot about it. Also, in coming up with plots I look for classical dilemmas, interesting confrontations, ordinary people close to powerful epicenters. Political situations, lawyers, Washington, all allow for those creative elements. In my novels I try to have at least one character represent the “every person”. It’s a way to allow the reader to relate to the events taking place in the novel and also to have someone to root for (or against) as the case may be. Most stories need a moral linchpin as well, and there’s always one of those (seen via a character) in my stories.
Q: The Supreme Court is constantly the subject of both fiction and non-fiction books. Why is our nation’s highest court so captivating?
A: Because people hear about it all the time, but know almost absolutely nothing about it. People know about the presidency and the congress, but those nine black-robed justices are a complete enigma. Secrecy is always seductive, particularly when there is so much power concentrated in so few people. And the people who have served on the court over the years tend to be fascinating characters in their own right. As a novelist, I found much material simply in studying past courts and justices. It’s also interesting to see the interplay between “justice” and the political and governing roles of the Court. As the Constitution says, the Court is an equal branch of government. And many of the decisions they make don’t always have much to do with justice between the two parties in a case, as ironic as that sounds. I find that (more…)