A short story of conspiracy and mayhem by the author of Six Days of the Condor, reimagining the classic spy thriller in our post-9/11 world.
In this chilling short story, a CIA analyst codenamed Condor is caught in the grip of a conspiracy he can barely understand. When he finds something strange linked to a covert operation in Afghanistan, he makes the mistake of contacting his superiors. Soon after, a gunman attacks during an office coffee break, killing all but Condor. Alone and out of his depth, Condor chases the conspiracy while on the run, learning quickly that, though the Cold War may be over, espionage remains a dangerous game.
This heart-pounding spy story continues the adventures of Condor, James Grady’s unforgettable character immortalized by Robert Redford in the classic film Three Days of the Condor, and currently portrayed by Max Irons in the all-new TV series Condor.
The five previously published short stories and one original novella in Grady's superb collection will please fans of the spy known as Condor, who first appeared in the 1974 bestseller Six Days of the Condor. An opening essay discusses Condor's origins and how Grady, in his mid-20s, dealt with early success as a writer. The first story, "Condor.net," published in 2005, presents a Condor who isn't the original CIA spy, though the ending is linked to the novella, "Russian Roulette of the Condor," in which Condor and his girlfriend go on the run from a mysterious man with a cane. "Caged Daze of the Condor" describes the overarching plot point of the recent Condor zeitgeist: he has been incarcerated for years in a secret CIA insane asylum. In the rest of the stories and the novella, Condor is out of the asylum and again working for the CIA, dealing with 21st-century threats from Russians and other adversaries. Grady's writing has changed dramatically over the years, evolving into a literary, impressionistic style that will unbalance some readers, but is a perfect fit for the aging, unhinged, yet still-lethal Condor. This is an author writing at the top of his, or anyone else's, game.