David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. In total, David has published 37 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. David has also published seven novels for younger readers.