David Baldacci (born 5 August 1960) is a bestselling American novelist and fifteen of his novels have been number one bestsellers. He is also a bestseller in over 25 countries. In 1996, his first novel Absolute Power was published and became an immediate best seller. It tells the story of a fictional American President and his Secret Service agents who are willing to murder people in order to cover up the accidental death of a woman with whom the President was having an affair. It was made into a film starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.