Forty years ago, I got this phone call from my former college roommate and then Washington investigative reporter, James Grady, telling me that he had just published his first novel,“Six Days of the Condor.” You may recall it as the vehicle Redford and Dunaway rode through Hollywood for a foreshortened three days that earned national attention for the first time novelist.
Grady hasn’t done much since then . . . unless, of course, you count his many works of equal or greater quality or becoming an American Edgar nominee or winning the French Grand Prix Du Roman Noir, the Italian Raymond Chandler award, or Japan’s Baka-Misu literary prize.
Now Grady has returned to his roots, literally and figuratively, with another potential blockbuster. Macmillan has announced that its Forge imprint is publishing “Last Days of the Condor,” which reintroduces the lead character at the other end of his harrowing life. Just to whet your appetite, this is what MacMillan is saying about it:
Look in the mirror. You’re nobody anybody knows. You know pursuing the truth will get you killed. But you refuse to just fade away.
So you’re designated an enemy of the largest secret national security apparatus in America’s history. Good guys or bad guys, it doesn’t matter: all assassins’ guns are aimed at you. And you run for your life branded with the code name you made iconic: Condor.
Everyone you care about is pulled into the gunsights. The CIA star young enough to be your daughter—she might shoot you or save you. The savvy political aide who lets love trump law. The lonely woman your romantic dreams make a fugitive. The Middle Eastern child warrior you mentored into a master spy.
Last Days of the Condor is the bullet-paced, ticking clock saga of America on the edge of our most startling spy world revolution since 9/11. Set in the savage streets and Kafkaesque corridors of Washington, D.C., shot through with sex and suspense, with secret agent tradecraft and full-speed action, with hunters and the hunted. Last Days of the Condor is a breakneck sage of America’s secrets from muckraking investigative report and author James Grady.