James Grady (author)

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James Grady
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Born (1949-04-30) April 30, 1949 (age 71)
Shelby, Montana, U.S.
Pen nameJames Dalton, Brit Shelby
EducationShelby High School (1967) University of Montana (1974)
SubjectsEspionage, police procedurals
Notable worksSix Days of the Condor (1974)
Notable awardsGrand Prix Du Roman Noir, Raymond Chandler Award, Baka-Misu Award
SpouseBonnie Goldstein
ChildrenRachel Grady (stepdaughter)

James Grady (born April 30, 1949) is an American writer and investigative journalist known for his thriller novels on espionage, intrigue, and police procedurals.

Early life[edit]

Grady was born on April 30, 1949 in Shelby, Montana. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1967[1] and the University of Montana School of Journalism in 1974.[2][3]


During college he worked for U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf of Montana.[4] In 1971 Grady worked as a staff aide for the Montana Constitutional Convention, which adopted a renewed state Constitution in 1972. From 1974 to 1978, during the post-Watergate era, he worked with pioneering muckraking investigative journalist Jack Anderson.

Grady is the author of the 1974 espionage thriller novel Six Days of the Condor, which was famously adapted to film as Three Days of the Condor (1975), starring Robert Redford and directed by Sydney Pollack.[1] In addition to about a dozen novels and many short stories, Grady has written for film and television.

Grady has contributed to Slate, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, American Film, The New Republic, Sport, Parade, and the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.

Grady is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Grady married Bonnie Goldstein in 1985.[2] He is the stepfather of Rachel Grady, director of the documentary Jesus Camp.



Short stories[edit]

  • "The Dark Sacred Night"
  • "Broken Heroes"
  • "The Bottom Line"
  • "condor.net"
  • "The Championship Of Nowhere"
  • "Kiss The Sky"
  • "The Devil’s Playground"
  • "The Arranger"
  • "The Train"


  1. ^ a b Wipf, Briana (January 21, 2014). "Literature and tech transport author James Grady to Shelby hometown". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Miss Goldstein Weds James Grady, Author". The New York Times. April 1, 1985. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Biography", James Grady's official website.
  4. ^ Guide to the "James Grady Papers, 1971–2006" at the University of Montana.
  5. ^ "James Grady". Writers Guild of America, East. Retrieved March 8, 2020.

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