The classic spy thriller about corruption in the CIA that inspired the hit film and TV show: “A master of intrigue” (John Grisham).
Sandwiches are a part of Ronald Malcolm’s every day, but one just saved his life. On the day that gunmen pay a visit to the American Literary Historical Society, he’s out at lunch. The society is actually a backwater of the Central Intelligence Agency, where Malcolm and a few other bookworms comb mystery novels for clues that might unlock real life diplomatic questions. One of his colleagues has learned something he wasn’t meant to know. A sinister conspiracy has penetrated the CIA, and the gunmen are its representatives. They massacre the office, and only learn later of Malcolm—a loose end that needs to be dealt with.
Malcolm—codename Condor—calls his handlers at the agency, hoping for a safe haven, instead drawing another attempt on his life. With no one left to trust he goes on the run. But like it or not, Malcolm is the only person who can root out the corruption at the highest levels of the CIA.
This “chilling novel of top security gone berserk” earned James Grady his reputation as a Grand Master of the spy thriller, inspiring legions of imitators as well as the classic Sydney Pollack film Three Days of the Condor and the new TV series Condor featuring Max Irons, Mira Sorvino, and Brendan Fraser (Library Journal).
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Who can you trust? That’s the central question in any good spy thriller—and the driving force of this superlative classic. Six Days of the Condor follows a low-level intelligence analyst named Malcolm, who mostly gets paid to read espionage novels. When Malcolm returns from lunch one day to find all his co-workers murdered, he goes on the run with no idea who to turn to for help or where to find safety. First published in 1974, James Grady’s novel became an instant hit and the loose inspiration for the Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway movie Three Days of the Condor. It’s genuinely impossible to put down—we imagine this is the book that every spy thriller author wishes they’d written.