SIMPLY LIES: David Baldacci to Release New Novel in April 2023


On April 18th, 2023, Simply Lies, an all-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci is set to hit bookstores.

Baldacci, one of the most celebrated and recognizable authors in the genre today, has sold more than 150 million copies of his books to date. From the Cammel Club to Amos Decker to Will Robie to John Puller to Atlee Pine to the more recent Aloysius Archer, Baldacci has no shortage of series protagonists—all capable of anchoring their own franchises—to revisit from year to year. Still, it looks as though he’ll be introducing another character in 2023, named Mickey Gibson, who might also go on to star in multiple books down the road.

To kick things off, Gibson, a former detective and single mother of two, is now working for an investigation company to “track down assets of the wealthy who have tried to avoid their creditors” when readers first meet her in Simply Lies. But when a favor leads to her inadvertently uncovering a dead body, Mickey will quickly learn that nothing around her is quite what it seems, kicking off the kind of electrifying chain of events that Baldacci’s readers have come to love and expect.

Check out the plot details below.

(Note: Official cover art coming soon!)


Simply Lies is an intense thriller featuring Mickey Gibson, a former New Jersey detective, from the number one bestselling author David Baldacci.


Former Jersey City detective and single mother of two, Mickey Gibson, now works for global investigation company, ProEye, to track down assets of the wealthy who have tried to avoid their creditors. One day she gets a call from a colleague, Arlene Robinson, asking her to visit the home of a notorious arms dealer who has cheated some of ProEye’s clients in the past. Mickey arrives at the mansion to discover the body of a man hidden in a secret room.


It turns out that nothing is as it seems. The arms dealer did not exist, and nobody at ProEye knew of Arlene Robinson. Mickey had been tricked and now the cops were involved. The body was that of Thomas Lancaster who’d been in Witness Protection having had links with the mob.


Now begins a cat-and-mouse showdown between hardened ex-cop, Mickey, and a woman with sociopathic tendencies who has no name and a mysterious past. She intends to get what she wants and people who get in her way will die. For Mickey to stop her, she must first discover her true identity and what damaged her all those years ago. And the truth behind why she selected Micky to become her nemesis.



DAVID BALDACCI is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at

Readers can now pre-order Simply Lies ahead of its April release wherever books are sold.



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