Books by James Brady

James Brady commanded a Marine rifle platoon during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He writes weekly for Parade Magazine and for Advertising Age. He lives in Manhattan and in East Hampton, New York.


WHY MARINES FIGHT by James Brady
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"These inspirational tales cover as many Marine experiences as Brady can pack in."
Official blather, cruel truths and occasional eloquence by Marine veterans of all wars, as told to Brady (The Scariest Place in the World: A Marine Returns to North Korea, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 20, 2005

"Graceful, even elegant, and always eloquent tribute to men at arms in a war that, in a way, never ended."
An affecting memoir, by novelist/journalist Brady (The Marine, 2003, etc.), of service in what is still a strangely forgotten war. Read full book review >
THE MARINE by James Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2003

"Brady enfacts novels, gives them sweep and action, but stylelessly so."
Brady balances his glitterati-clotted, high-fashion Hampton novels (Gin Lane, 1998) with blood-and-guts war stories full of bitter ass-hauling and despair. Read full book review >
WARNING OF WAR by James Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2002

"Shapely, an absolute natural for film."
Brady returns to his beloved Corps (the memoir The Coldest War, 1990) to write his second Marine Corps novel (The Marines of Autumn, 2000). Read full book review >
A HAMPTONS CHRISTMAS by James Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

Brady, aside from his recent bitter, despairing novel, The Marines of Autumn (p. 493), feeds off glitterati in the Hamptons (The House That Ate the Hamptons, 1999). Here, who should pop up but divorced Dick and Nicole Driver (the Trumps?), Martha Stewart, George Plimpton, Patricia Duff, Ron Perelman, and those little Christmas elves, the Spielberg kids. Leads are Brady's usual world-weary journalist Beecher Stowe IV, his father the Admiral, and Beecher's beloved sexy mistress, Lady Alix Dunraven. The Drivers' gadabout ten-year-old daughter hops a Concorde from France in search of an ideal Hampton Christmas as Martha Stewart's unexpected guest. A tale-spinner, her story is that her parents fell when a Peruvian bridge crashed onto jagged rocks. How is she tied to the Hamptons' late, infamous Jacob Marley, who made her an heiress with Microsoft stocks? What's her real story and real name? Will Beecher, the Admiral, and Alix solve the mystery? Upgraded Nancy Drew, faintly tart under a huge topping of meringue, just the dish for Brady's fans. Read full book review >
THE MARINES OF AUTUMN by James Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2000

Taking a break from his fluffy satires of summering glitterati (The House That Ate the Hamptons, 1999, etc.), Parade and Advertising Age columnist Brady, delivers a bitter, despairing novel of the valiant but futile stand by US Marines against the Chinese Army at the Chosin Reservoir.. Read full book review >
GIN LANE by James Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 1998

Tedium in excelsis as Advertising Age and Parade columnist Brady extends his line of novels about wealthy Long Islanders begun with Further Lane (1997). Earlier, Brady entertained with elaborate sketches of New York worlds of high fashion, the press, and publishing, his vignettes jam-packed with dropped names and celebrity twits. This time, we find him moving from East Hampton's Further Lane and the Maidstone Club to Southampton's great walled houses and the elegance of Gin Lane and its stuffy Meadow Club. Still narrating is Beecher Stowe IV, a journalist whose head is crammed with more local lore than could interest even the most inbred native. Reading the present novel is like sorting through a landfill of glittering bitchery and rubbish poured from a motormouth whose brain is chockablock with gossip columns. The story tells of a barbed and raspy Don Imus—like morning chat-show host, Leicester "Cowboy" Dils, who moves onto Gin Lane only to win many snobbish enemies with the vaunting scope of his gauche Gatsbyesque longing for diehard gentleman status. Recently, his wit has also drawn the blood of the POTUS (President of the United States) regarding the P's dalliances. And—ahh!—the POTUS is about to visit Gin Lane. When Dils goes out for a midnight run, someone tries to kill him with a black Rolls-Royce. When that fails, an attempt with a golf cart nearly works. Could these nasty tricks have anything to do with superbillionaire of broadcasting Roger Champion, 80 and impotent, who is Dils's boss and lives down the lane with Dils's ex-gir1friend, former actress Slim Norris Champion, 40? Is Champion's backing of a racetrack scheme with sleazy Wyseman Clagett tied in somehow with his outrage at Cowboy Dils? Not up to Nelson DeMille's vastly more focused The Gold Coast, which details a similar Fitzgeraldian legend. But Brady fans litter the landscape, and may disagree. Read full book review >
FURTHER LANE by James Brady
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 1997

Again, the Ad Age columnist and novelist (Designs, 1986, etc.) relies on celebrity cameos rather than a gripping plot, producing a limp whodunit featuring an amiable Hamptons native as detective, a flighty member of British royalty as the love interest, and an ambitious millionairess as the victim. By name alone, it's clear that Beecher Stowe IV, a world-weary journalist back from a stint in Algiers, is a lifelong member of East Hampton's exclusive Maidstone Club, even if he does watch his fellow Wasps' activities with a bit of a jaundiced eye. Thus when Hannah Cutting, the relatively new owner of the grand old Warrender ``cottage'' on the beach, is found on her property with a privet- hedge spike driven through her chest, Beecher follows the investigation with interest. The suspects are many, since arriviste Hannah boasted an enemy behind every sand dune, including: her old- money ex-husband, whom she sucked dry of Hamptons Brahmin lore and then dumped; next-door neighbor Pam Phythian, with whom the victim had a falling-out during an expedition to the Himalayas; and even Hannah's own daughter, Claire, whose lust for a blue-collar eco- activist was an embarrassment to her mother. When Beecher's editor at Parade magazine assigns him a story about Hannah's life (she grew up in blue-collar Polish Town and once worked as an au pair at the mansion she later purchased), he begins to take an active part in the investigation—especially after Random House sends down the sexy British editor Alex Dunraven to locate the scandalous tell-all manuscript that the publisher had paid Hannah handsomely to create. Beecher and Alix banter, kiss, and compete to see who can more effectively bait the locals as the mystery lumbers to its predictable end—at which point the romance is consummated, the bad guy apprehended, and another fabulous Hamptons' summer is brought to an end. Chock-full of famous names and nicely nasty asides, but otherwise unsurprising. Read full book review >
FASHION SHOW by James Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 1992

Another mildly entertaining haute-fashion farce by Brady (The Coldest War, 1990; Designs, 1986, etc.)—this one featuring the chatty Mr. Bingo Marsh, fashion-magazine publishing phenomenon and social butterfly extraordinaire, and the respectful Ohio journalist who falls into his clutches. As a Pulitzer-winning journalist in his early 20s, Paris-based New York Times reporter John Sharkey's path would probably never have crossed that of giddy Bingo Marsh if Sharkey hadn't written a biography of Coco Chanel. When Coco happens to die the week that Sharkey's book goes on sale, the author attains instant celebrity status—whereupon fashion-obsessed Bingo descends upon him. Wacky heir to an American publishing dynasty, Bingo (who loathes confrontations and tends to skip about when excited) is titillated by rumors of a May-December dalliance between Sharkey and the elderly Chanel. He decides he must add the self-made Ohioan to his New York-based magazine, Fashion, where clothing styles take a backseat to celebrity gossip and where the ability to make or break a designer's career is routinely used to solicit ads. Luring Sharkey with Faustian assurances of cash, women, fun, and his own weekly column, Marsh succeeds in taking Sharkey on as this year's protÇgÇ, and the Mutt-and-Jeff pair proceed to blaze a trail through a garment-industry glitter-land of gossip, innuendo, and intrigue. Though entertained by Marsh's peeping-Tom expeditions through the villas of the rich and famous, Sharkey soon tires of hiding his humbler private life (which features a passion for a certain female Army officer) beneath a veneer of sophistication. He needn't worry, though—Fashion is soon taken over by a Rupert Murdoch stand-in, Bingo resigns in a huff, and Sharkey, at sea in a world he never really understood, bails out in pursuit of a more satisfying destiny. Silly fiction—for those who prefer their Coco, Ivana, and Calvin hot and spicy. Read full book review >