Bestseller David Baldacci has inked an eight-book agreement with his long-standing house, Grand Central Publishing. The deal sees Baldacci continue with the only publisher he's worked with, as GCP released his debut novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. The North American rights deal just signed was executed by GCP's executive v-p and publisher, Ben Sevier, and Aaron Priest with Mitch Hoffman at the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency.
The new deal covers six thrillers and two standalone historical novels. The first book to be published is set for 2024 and will be a courtroom drama set in Virginia during the 1960s. This book, GCP said, is "based in part on Baldacci’s own experience growing up in Richmond at the time" and "addresses the importance of standing up for the truth, no matter the cost." The second book to be released is a World War II-set novel about two orphans; it's slated for 2025.
According to GCP, Baldacci has sold over 150 million copies of his books.
This article has been updated with further information.