James Grady (author)

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James Grady
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Born (1949-04-30) April 30, 1949 (age 68)
Shelby, Montana, U.S.
Pen name James Dalton, Brit Shelby
Occupation Writer
Education University of Montana (1974)
Genres Thriller
Subjects Espionage, police procedurals
Notable works Six Days of the Condor
Notable awards Grand Prix Du Roman Noir, Raymond Chandler Award, Baka-Misu Award
Spouse Bonnie Goldstein
Children Rachel Grady (stepdaughter)

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

In 1971 Grady worked as a staff aide for the Montana Constitutional Convention, which adopted a renewed state Constitution in 1972.


He graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 1974. During college he worked for U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf of Montana.[1] From 1974-1978, during the post-Watergate era, he worked with pioneering muckraking investigative journalist Jack Anderson. He has contributed to Slate, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, American Film, The New Republic, Sport, Parade, and the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. Grady is best known as the author of the espionage thriller novel Six Days of the Condor, which was famously adapted to film as Three Days of the Condor starring Robert Redford and directed by Sydney Pollack. In addition to about a dozen novels and many short stories, he has written for film and television. Grady is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East.

Grady married Bonnie Goldstein in 1985 and is the stepfather of Rachel Grady, director of the documentary Jesus Camp. He is a bookish cinephile who also enjoys the study of T’ai-chi, swimming, and listening to progressive rock.



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. ^ [1] Guide to the James Grady Papers at the University of Montana

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