Created by James Grady
JOHN RANKIN cruises the mean streets of Washington, D.C. in his dirty silver Porsche, snorting a little coke to keep the edge, playing Springsteen in the deck to keep himself pumped, and looking for trouble. And it usually finds the former journalist and 60's idealist-turned-cynic.
Of course, this being Washington, trouble usually comes wrapped up in corruption and power struggles in some very high and very interesting places.
According to the author, research for the first book to feature Rankin, Runner in the Street (1984) led him to his wife Bonnie Goldstein who "as a private investigator helped invent Rankin's real-life world."
Both Runner in the Street and its sequel, Hard Bargains (1985), were pretty well-received, but Grady, a former assistant to journalist Jack Anderson, will always be best remembered for his bestselling Six Days of the Condor, and the movie it inspired.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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