Mad Dogs

"It takes guts to be nuts."

            MAD DOGS IS NOW OUT!

       "Could this new novel from a veteran writer/reporter be the One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest of the cyber-generation?  Indisputably, it belongs in every suspense collection."

                                     -- LIBRARY JOURNAL

              "Like Fight Club and Motherless Brooklyn as well Six Days Of The Condor, the new novel Mad Dogs explodes as a seamless blend of styles -- thriller, satire, revelatory novel."

                                                      -- AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE 

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    Washington, D.C. -- Oct. 8, Politics & Prose -- 1 p.m.

    St. Paul/Minneapolis -- Oct. 11, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville

                                           7:00 p.m.

    Missoula, Montana -- Oct. 13, University of Montana Bookstore -- 11 a.m.

    Chicago, Il. -- Oct. 16 -- Borders Books & Music/Oak Brook, 1500 16th St.

                                                              7:30 p.m.

    Los Angeles/Santa Monica --Oct. 18, Barnes & Noble, 3rd St. Promenade

                                                      7:30 p.m.

    Baltimore/Pikesville, Maryland -- Nov. 8, Barnes & Noble,

                                                                  1819 Reisterstown Rd.

Mad Dogs book CoverThe CIA’s secret insane asylum
Five of America’s shattered spies.
Framed for the murder of their psychiatrist.

...............What would you do?

What they do is the most exciting pure fiction in years, a bullet-paced novel driven by heroes who burn their way into our hearts and minds. Like Fight Club and Motherless Brooklyn as well Six Days of The Condor, the new novel Mad Dogs explodes as a seamless blend of styles – thriller, satire, revelatory novel.

Our stars are four men and one woman.

Once America’s best warriors, “the pick of the litter,” now they’re “mad dogs” – set up, on the run, off their meds, hunting a traitor burrowed into the CIA.

Mad Dogs is a shotgun blast of action.

Spy wars fought from Iraq to al Qaeda, Nigeria to New York, Bosnia to Vietnam to 21st Century wartime Washington. With tradecraft like the James Dean gambit, knife-quick alley ballets, bombs and black bag jobs, our five heroes reveal worlds within the world we call reality. Crazy killers, yes, but they are also like us: struggling to find sanity, safety and love in history gone mad.

And maybe, just maybe, if they can beat both the good guys and the bad guys, they’ll create their own redemption.

To be published in: USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Holland, Bulgaria, Rumania


via audio CD and Tape

From The Critics:


"...a slam dunk of adrenaline that does not stop to let you breathe and you'll beg it to keep going harder and harder until you're gasping for air.  It's an insane comic drama and it kicked my ass....This is a great novel and the best thriller that I read this year."


"His first novel (Six Days Of The Condor, 1974) may still be his best, but this one gets points for sheer weirdness.  Five former CIA operatives, now living in a government-run, top-secret insane aslym in Maine, break out after their psychiatrist is murdered.  Framed for murder and running for their lives, they make their way to Washington, D.C. and a man they hope holds the key to the mystery.  But these are deeply unbalanced individuals, each of whom sees the world in his or her unique way.  Can they -- and, by extension, the reader -- trust their perceptions?  There are a couple of ways to read the novel:  as a flat-out thriller or as an extended hallucination.  Either reading works just fine.  Grady does a remarkable job of crafting his characters and of creating their `mission,' an infiltration of a strange and frightening world:  the U.S.  For these former heroes, passing as `normal' is their greatest challenge, and ultimately this is a story of emancipation, of breaking free from -- or ast least coming to terms with -- their own troubled minds."  David Pitt


"Five agents, all hidden in a lunatic asylum in Maine because they are damaged goods, make a break for the Boston-Washington, D.C. corridor when a terrifying murder triggers their fight-or-flight instincts.  As with any good team, each member has a talent or weakness that meshes with those of the others, often to surprising effect during their week-long hegira.  Grady, whose phenomenal Six Days Of The Condor transformed the spy genre, grips you immediately with phantasmagoric writing at a breakneck pace.  Avoiding introspection, he nonetheless illuminates the trauma at the heart of each agent's psychic wound so that you care about what happens.  Could this new novel from a veteran writer/reporter be the One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest of the cyber- generation?  Indisputably, it belongs in every suspense collection.

                                                            Barbara Conaty

From my fiction writing colleagues:

"What a pleasure to be in the hands of a master storyteller. James Grady's MAD DOGS starts off with one of the best first sentences I've read in a long time and goes full-throttle, pedal-to-the-floor right up until the final page. A great, great read."

Dennis Lehane, MYSTIC RIVER

"MAD DOGS is the literary equivalent of a supercharged Hemi, a rock-and-roll road novel that roars out of the gate and never slows pace. James Grady, the king of the modern espionage thriller, is back with a vengeance."

George Pelecanos, novelist and producer for THE WIRE

"Oh, what a ride! Terrifc characters, hell-for-leather pacing and an astounding amount of tradecraft. MAD DOGS echoes both Grady's own CONDOR and Heller's CATCH-22. Grady's one of the acknowledged masters, and MAD DOGS delivers!"

S. J. Rozan, Edgar winning author

"In a world of fast food thrillers written by committee, James Grady has given us a three-star feast. It’s Ambler on acid; a Ken Kesey CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. MAD DOGS is an instant classic--Grady’s blackest, grittiest, scariest work since SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR."

John Weisman, six-time New York Times
best selling author of DIRECT ACTION