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David Baldacci: Power to write bestsellers

David Baldacci, who is releasing three new titles this year, has churned out nearly 30 bestsellers

Published on May 20, 2014 11:52 AM

Lawyer-turned-writer David Baldacci is known for his novels of suspense and is often mentioned in the same breath as John Grisham.

So when he wrote his first young adult novel, The Finisher, he submitted it last year to publishers under the pseudonym "Janus Pope", a nod to the two-faced Roman god of change and beginnings.

"It was also important to me to sell the book on its own merit," says the American writer on the telephone from London, where he is promoting his newest novels.

A statement like that would sound pompous coming from anyone else, but the fact is that Baldacci has had a home run with his thrillers.

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