The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller.
Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.
Logan and Echevarria were once comrades-in-arms assigned to a top secret military assassination team known simply as Alpha. Though Savannah was never privy to the gritty details of their assignment, she suspects that Echevarria’s death must be related to the work he did for the government. The only problem is that the LAPD can find no record of Echevarria ever having toiled for Uncle Sam. Savannah wants Logan to tell the police what he knows. At first he refuses, but then, relying on his small, aging airplane, The Ruptured Duck, and on the skills he honed working for the government, Logan doggedly hunts Echevarria’s killer.
His trail takes him from the glitzy Las Vegas Strip to the most dangerous ghettos of inner-city Oakland, from darkened Russian Mafia haunts in West Los Angeles to the deserts of Arizona. Along the way, Logan is stalked by a mysterious motorist who repeatedly tries to kill him - but that’s the least of his problems. It is his love-hate relationship with Savannah, a woman for whom Logan continues to pine in spite of himself, that threatens to consume him.
Transcending the worlds of murder, aviation, and international counterterrorism, Flat Spin resonates with a veracity that only an author who knows his subject firsthand can deliver.
©2012 David Freed (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Flat Spin is a perfect takeoff for what I think will be a long and unique career for David Freed and his creation, Cordell Logan. They both know the turf well, and I look forward to more.” (Michael Connelly)
“A pilot, screenwriter, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist with a military background, Freed manages to introduce into his debut mystery lots of technology without tedious detail…This series launch is a delightful romp through the familiar hard-boiled scene with a literate hero who admits he is so far failing to find tranquility with the Buddha. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
“Deftly plotted…Freed, who shared a Pulitzer Prize for the LA Times’ coverage of the Rodney King riots, capably balances humor and serious themes.” (Publishers Weekly)
suspenseful, realistic, funny
It is fast moving mystery with unpredictable twists and turns.
The dust up in the Russian club.
I listen while on my tread mill for an hour a day, my cool down periods have been longer while listening to the book.
Ray Porter is one of the best narrators in the business and brings the novel to life.
Perhaps my opinion of the book was tainted because I had just finished reading three action-packed books in a series read by the same narrator. I had absolutely loved his performance and picked this book because he read it -- and it sounded like he basically played the same kind of character (without the supernatural goofiness of the other series). Well, that might have been a mistake. I missed the action of the other series....Not enough seemed to happen here. It started out fine...but seemed to fizzle. The mystery was ultimately not compelling enough. The main character seems to solve it almost by accident. And some of the other characters -- and the relationships between some of them -- are just implausible. Why did I give three stars to a book I seem to have totally disliked? Well, there's the rub: I didn't totally dislike it. There were some scenes that were quite good. It kept my interest. And I might even consider reading another book by the same author (I believe this is his first novel).
Loved the performance by David Freed. The lead character is funny and interesting and the mystery is gripping. But it gets too complicated fast and the ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. Still it is a good and fun read.
Excellent reader - will search out more books read by Porter.
Reminds me of the DeMille John Corry stories - which are also favorites.
This book rates among one of my favorites. It is one of those books that is hard to stop listening to. It is an interesting, witty mystery with very humorous dialog and a great main character. I really loved the narrator, Ray Porter, he is one of my very favorites and really added to this book. He totally brought this story to life. I am looking forward to the next book.
"Really enjoyed this book"
I enjoyed this a lot, the hero is a great character and I loved his humour, some of which I found a tiny bit reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen although there was nothing of the surreal here. I didn't find his ex-wife so convincing as a character, I felt she was more two-dimensional but I liked the book and narrator so much I went and bought Voodoo Ridge and enjoyed that too. I am always looking for books that aren't too terribly gory but have good twists and turns, it is quite hard to find them and I give up on quite a number of books before the end because they're too gratuitously graphic for me. This one did have some gory bits but not too many and I could cope.
The narrator is excellent and really inhabits the character, he was totally convincing for me and I was sorry to see that the second book in the series is narrated by someone else.
I really enjoyed the light-hearted 1st person narration of this book, the story was interesting and not too heavy. My reason for dropping a star is that I really didn't like the ex-wife that our hero was besotted with. I didn't understand why she had to be such a self centred madam.
Overall though, I liked Cordell Logan and liked his flippant attitude. I found myself chuckling out loud on a couple of occasions.
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