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10 thoughts on “Flat Spin

  1. Susan Anderson Susan Anderson says:

    A Noir without the NastyFLAT SPIN by David Freed is an amusing, exciting read, a who done it told by the main character, Cordell Logan, a flight instructor who can soar with the best of them First and foremost, it is a fast paced story, an attempt to catch a killer But it is also about love and loss and the search for reconciliation in and around the mind of the hero.Cordell Logan is down on his luck and asked to find the killer of Arlo Echevarria, Logan s former boss and, earlier, his comrade A Noir without the NastyFLAT SPIN by David Freed is an amusing, exciting read, a who done it told by the main character, Cordell Logan, a flight instructor who can soar with the best of them First and foremost, it is a fast paced story, an attempt to catch a killer But it is also about love and loss and the search for reconciliation in and around the mind of the hero.Cordell Logan is down on his luck and asked to find the killer of Arlo Echevarria, Logan s former boss and, earlier, his comrade in arms in a secret military assassination team The dead man was also Logan s ex wife s ex husband Pause to savor this relationship At first, Logan refuses, but is persuaded to accept the commission by a large retainer from his ex father in law Using his aging Cessna 172 he calls it The Ruptured Duck Logan searches for Echevarria s murderer in and around the glitz capitols of the west coast The Duck touches down in Los Angeles, Oakland, Las Vegas, and the deserts of Arizona before the story ends.From the start, the book held me hostage Obviously the author knows about guns and airplanes, so the scenes of flight and fright were authentic and entertaining The book begins with the assassination style killing of Echevarria, segues into Logan s instruction of a woman who should not be flying an airplane We are introduced to a glib tongued narrator who lives with Kiddiot, his wonderful cat, and rents a garage apartment from Mrs Schmulowitz, his delightful landlady.What makes the novel really interesting for me aside from Mrs Schmulowitz, Kiddiot, and some of the descriptions of flight is the inner conflict of the character, Logan On the outside, he concentrates on finding Echevarria s killer while the real story is happening on the inside In his mind, Logan yearns for enlightenment with the detachment of a Buddha, but is still enthralled by his ex wife, Savannah It is this inner story that resonates with me.Whatever, it is a book sure to entertain mystery lovers and I highly recommend it


  2. Deanna Deanna says:

    DNF Just couldn t do it A combo that just isn t my preferencewisecracking, sexist in a way that would probably deny sexism, extra shots of testosterone, and just not enough of anything else to overcome the taste Any of those things I can usually handle or shrug off in a book that overcomes or compensates for them Here I was working too hard without wanting to.


  3. Sheila Sheila says:

    Smoothly written with genuine humor, pitch perfect dialog and absorbing authenticity, David Freed s Flat Spin is a classic LA mystery with modern verve and style The author s expertise in his material is clear but never labored He s a journalist who shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Rodney King riots, he had an active security clearance from the DoD while reporting on Operation Desert Storm, and he s a pilot with his own airplane, which makes the flight scenes vivid and enthralling Smoothly written with genuine humor, pitch perfect dialog and absorbing authenticity, David Freed s Flat Spin is a classic LA mystery with modern verve and style The author s expertise in his material is clear but never labored He s a journalist who shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Rodney King riots, he had an active security clearance from the DoD while reporting on Operation Desert Storm, and he s a pilot with his own airplane, which makes the flight scenes vivid and enthralling Add a sardonic sense of humor, wonderfully plausible and endlessly fascinating characters, and a protagonist who combines a top secret past as a government assassin with present Buddhist leanings, and you have the ingredients of a really fine tale.Listed as A Cordell Logan Mystery, this novel introduces the down at heels flight instructor, Cordell Logan, who struggles to pay his rent, shares the elderly Mrs Schmulowitz s garage with an obstreperous cat, knows far too much about bullets and bombs, and still hasn t learned how to fall out of love with the wife who left him for his boss.If you watched the short lived TV series, Life, you ll share my delight at revisiting this slightly skewed version of Buddhism, with the occasional sprinkle of bacon, guns, and wit The ex wife returns, asking for help The Buddhist has to oblige The rejected husband feels appropriate remorse when he insults her And the contacts from a secret past combine with new friends and enemies in the LAPD to send Cordell flying and driving up and down the coast and out to the desert.The writing pulls you in The plot twists and turns like a plane in the wind The wide skies haunt And the protagonist and friends will have you searching bookstores forA fun, exciting, absorbing mystery with character and style, this one s highly recommended Disclosure I received a free bound galley from the publisher, The Permanent Press, in exchange for my honest review


  4. ✨Susan✨ ✨Susan✨ says:

    3.5 stars for this private detective mystery I liked this book on and off, parts were really good and full bodied and then it would go into a lull The main character had some good humor and was interesting enough but I don t think I will continue on with the series Ray Porter always does a fantastic job narrating.


  5. Donna Donna says:

    This book is actually the first book in the Cordell Logan series by David Freed, but it is the 3rd one that I ve read I just love the protagonist He is so funny and usually does the opposite of what polite society would deem appropriate I like that unexpected element He is quite the cynic and therefore he speaks my language I also like the other characters because they are quite lively as well The author can weave a creative plot I ve enjoyed his story lines They are well thought out I This book is actually the first book in the Cordell Logan series by David Freed, but it is the 3rd one that I ve read I just love the protagonist He is so funny and usually does the opposite of what polite society would deem appropriate I like that unexpected element He is quite the cynic and therefore he speaks my language I also like the other characters because they are quite lively as well The author can weave a creative plot I ve enjoyed his story lines They are well thought out I look forward to reading


  6. Sarah Booth Sarah Booth says:

    I m fairly ambivalent about this book It s an interesting thriller mystery, but some pretty big flaws to go along with it The main character claims to be a man who is studying Buddhism since his divorce and has read English Literature at university Air Force Academy if this is true he needs a better book on Buddhism as his version is bubble gum Buddhism and his pithy little quotes could be from fortune cookies It sounds like a book he picked up about the subject for 1.99 while waiting on th I m fairly ambivalent about this book It s an interesting thriller mystery, but some pretty big flaws to go along with it The main character claims to be a man who is studying Buddhism since his divorce and has read English Literature at university Air Force Academy if this is true he needs a better book on Buddhism as his version is bubble gum Buddhism and his pithy little quotes could be from fortune cookies It sounds like a book he picked up about the subject for 1.99 while waiting on the supermarket checkout line For someone who has read literature his relationship to the female sex and his ex wife is purely one dimensional The only reason he is still torn up about her is that she s hot He doesn t seem to appreciate her or notice her on any other level or any other woman other than his landlady who is in her late 80s A man who is supposed to read Buddhism, philosophy and great literature would findto a woman, would needfrom one, than just looks He would also be attracted to her mind or need some sort of mental stimulus from her for the level of obsession he seems to have, but there doesn t appear to be anythingthan her being hot He s just horny and that takes away from you believing his character His sarcasm does get a little tired, but I could live with that The landlady is a kick and a nice addition His relationship with Kiddyiot sp his cat is pretty funny, but you sort of wonder why he keeps the wee beastie around The end surprised me, but I guess it shouldn t thinking back, but it s been a rough week and I ve been all but completely useless It s an okay adventure thriller, but you don t completely buy the main character and he can be a bit annoying


  7. Bon Tom Bon Tom says:

    I m totally sold on this series Super fun Good laugh and humor Lovable character He s a pilot, former alpha operative, current buddhist, ex husband all secret ambitions of mine Well, almost And has a cat that s pushing his ass kicking button all the time, but somehow still cares for it better than for himself There s also funny 90 year old lady landlord And his ex wife doesn t seem to be wearing panties All strong sale points.


  8. Clay Stafford Clay Stafford says:

    Pulitzer Prize winning author David Freed s first book about an ex military assassin turned flight instructor is enough to make your head buzz Flat Spin is a fast moving chase em down thriller with plot twists galore I love the humor in the tense moments reminds me of some of the best in the hard boiled world Wonderful writing, as one would expect from a journalist who has been shortlisted for numerous journalistic awards I love the premise find the killer of the man who stole your wife Pulitzer Prize winning author David Freed s first book about an ex military assassin turned flight instructor is enough to make your head buzz Flat Spin is a fast moving chase em down thriller with plot twists galore I love the humor in the tense moments reminds me of some of the best in the hard boiled world Wonderful writing, as one would expect from a journalist who has been shortlisted for numerous journalistic awards I love the premise find the killer of the man who stole your wife The only thing I didn t like was that the book came to an end, but that s the way of all good things Good thing about a book, though, I can always read it again In this case, I will This is definitely a book to add to your shelf.FromDavid Freed s first mystery is a stay up late to finish thriller It s also got some of the funniest lines and characters one is likely to encounter in any mystery, along with a tense and compelling plot and a most original protagonist.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 as Alpha The only problem is, the LAPD can find no record of Echevarrias 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 the skills he honed working for Alpha, 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 But that s the least of his problems It is his love hate relationship with Savannah, a woman Logan continues to pine for in spite of himself, that threatens to consume him Readers will find Cordell, intrigued by Buddhism and still emotionally vulnerable from his divorce, an engaging protagonist Freed, who shared a Pulitzer Prize for the L.A Times coverage of the Rodney King riots, capably balances humor and serious themes Publishers Weekly Tigers in Red Weather on Killer NashvilleMy Other Reviews on Killer Nashville


  9. Carol Carol says:

    Cordell Logan, retired black ops agent, current flight instructor and budding Buddhist disciple With a stack of bills to pay, sits expectantly at his desk phone waiting for clients to call about flight instruction But his phone never rings Enter the long divorced but still hot ex wife, Savannah, asking him a favor to investigate the shooting of her currently dead husband, Arlo Echevarria Arlo, was a fellow black ops agent and Logan s best friend until he stole Logan s wife Well Cordell almo Cordell Logan, retired black ops agent, current flight instructor and budding Buddhist disciple With a stack of bills to pay, sits expectantly at his desk phone waiting for clients to call about flight instruction But his phone never rings Enter the long divorced but still hot ex wife, Savannah, asking him a favor to investigate the shooting of her currently dead husband, Arlo Echevarria Arlo, was a fellow black ops agent and Logan s best friend until he stole Logan s wife Well Cordell almost celebrated when he heard Arlo Echevarria was dead, dancing a jig in his head He could care less as to who was responsible Still bitter, Logan refuses Savannah s request Then his former father in law promises him 25 grand to look into the death of his ex wife s husband, unable to turn down the cash, off he goes on his Cessna 172 to LA, Las Vegas, Arizona and Oakland following clues that lead to an array of characters The characters are really the best thing about this book Cordell Logan who tried so hard to take the Buddhist view of every situation asking, What would the Buddha do , which places a humorous twist on many bad spots he gets into And miraculously making a few tight situations come to a peaceful resolution And when all else fails, add a bit of cynical humor Logan s wonderful elderly landlady, Mrs Schmulowitz, who bonded with Logan over brisket dinners as they watch Monday night football together He calls her a saint Wrong religion bubale she replies His tabby cat Kiddiot who never eats his cat food but is fat and indifferent The mystery itself is OK but not the greatest 3 1 2 stars It was the sideshow of characters Logan meets and introduces that make the book The wife stealing Arlo Echevarria glowing obituary alone is the best bit of fiction I have read in a long time David Freed certainly knows a great deal about aviation but the story at times stalls despite the humor of the main character Still the series has great potential and Freed has an eye for making characters This is the first in a series and I am told the stories gets better so I may try another in the series


  10. A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) says:

    Book source LibraryCordell Logan is a flight instructor just barely keeping his business afloat when his ex wife suddenly walks back into his life asking him to talk to the police about her current husband s recent murder She believes he was killed because of his past employment, something that he and Cordell shared Because Cordell and Arlo were part of a special black ops unit, Cordell is reluctant to tell the police, or anyone, anything about their shared work history Eventually he gives Book source LibraryCordell Logan is a flight instructor just barely keeping his business afloat when his ex wife suddenly walks back into his life asking him to talk to the police about her current husband s recent murder She believes he was killed because of his past employment, something that he and Cordell shared Because Cordell and Arlo were part of a special black ops unit, Cordell is reluctant to tell the police, or anyone, anything about their shared work history Eventually he gives in and things go into a flat spin from there.The best part about this story is the mystery of who is behind it all The rest is so so Cordell himself is actually not very likeable He s a smartass without the charm of Jim Butcher s Harry Dresden or the wiliness of JP Sloan s Dorian Lake, both fantasy characters, I know, but Logan reminds me a bit of them He does have a bit of the bulldog stubbornness to pull off his own investigation of Arlo s murder not to mention the inside track with their past history and help from a techie friend in his old unit The writing is a bit dry with some action thrown in here and there Because he s a flight instructor there is a LOT of flying info included Great if you re a fan of flying, not so much if you aren t Logan does have a cat though, and he cares for his landlady, so he s not all bad I m just not interested enough to continue with the series


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Flat Spin ❮BOOKS❯ ✵ Flat Spin ✫ Author David Freed – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk When flight instructor and former military assassin Cordell Logan gets a request from his ex wife to help the police with their investigation of her current husband s murder, he gets caught up in a da When flight instructor and former military assassin Cordell Logan gets a request from his ex wife to help the police with their investigation of her current husband s murder, he gets caught up in a dangerous, far flung investigation.

10 thoughts on “Flat Spin

  1. Susan Anderson Susan Anderson says:

    A Noir without the NastyFLAT SPIN by David Freed is an amusing, exciting read, a who done it told by the main character, Cordell Logan, a flight instructor who can soar with the best of them First and foremost, it is a fast paced story, an attempt to catch a killer But it is also about love and loss and the search for reconciliation in and around the mind of the hero.Cordell Logan is down on his luck and asked to find the killer of Arlo Echevarria, Logan s former boss and, earlier, his comrade A Noir without the NastyFLAT SPIN by David Freed is an amusing, exciting read, a who done it told by the main character, Cordell Logan, a flight instructor who can soar with the best of them First and foremost, it is a fast paced story, an attempt to catch a killer But it is also about love and loss and the search for reconciliation in and around the mind of the hero.Cordell Logan is down on his luck and asked to find the killer of Arlo Echevarria, Logan s former boss and, earlier, his comrade in arms in a secret military assassination team The dead man was also Logan s ex wife s ex husband Pause to savor this relationship At first, Logan refuses, but is persuaded to accept the commission by a large retainer from his ex father in law Using his aging Cessna 172 he calls it The Ruptured Duck Logan searches for Echevarria s murderer in and around the glitz capitols of the west coast The Duck touches down in Los Angeles, Oakland, Las Vegas, and the deserts of Arizona before the story ends.From the start, the book held me hostage Obviously the author knows about guns and airplanes, so the scenes of flight and fright were authentic and entertaining The book begins with the assassination style killing of Echevarria, segues into Logan s instruction of a woman who should not be flying an airplane We are introduced to a glib tongued narrator who lives with Kiddiot, his wonderful cat, and rents a garage apartment from Mrs Schmulowitz, his delightful landlady.What makes the novel really interesting for me aside from Mrs Schmulowitz, Kiddiot, and some of the descriptions of flight is the inner conflict of the character, Logan On the outside, he concentrates on finding Echevarria s killer while the real story is happening on the inside In his mind, Logan yearns for enlightenment with the detachment of a Buddha, but is still enthralled by his ex wife, Savannah It is this inner story that resonates with me.Whatever, it is a book sure to entertain mystery lovers and I highly recommend it

  2. Deanna Deanna says:

    DNF Just couldn t do it A combo that just isn t my preferencewisecracking, sexist in a way that would probably deny sexism, extra shots of testosterone, and just not enough of anything else to overcome the taste Any of those things I can usually handle or shrug off in a book that overcomes or compensates for them Here I was working too hard without wanting to.

  3. Sheila Sheila says:

    Smoothly written with genuine humor, pitch perfect dialog and absorbing authenticity, David Freed s Flat Spin is a classic LA mystery with modern verve and style The author s expertise in his material is clear but never labored He s a journalist who shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Rodney King riots, he had an active security clearance from the DoD while reporting on Operation Desert Storm, and he s a pilot with his own airplane, which makes the flight scenes vivid and enthralling Smoothly written with genuine humor, pitch perfect dialog and absorbing authenticity, David Freed s Flat Spin is a classic LA mystery with modern verve and style The author s expertise in his material is clear but never labored He s a journalist who shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Rodney King riots, he had an active security clearance from the DoD while reporting on Operation Desert Storm, and he s a pilot with his own airplane, which makes the flight scenes vivid and enthralling Add a sardonic sense of humor, wonderfully plausible and endlessly fascinating characters, and a protagonist who combines a top secret past as a government assassin with present Buddhist leanings, and you have the ingredients of a really fine tale.Listed as A Cordell Logan Mystery, this novel introduces the down at heels flight instructor, Cordell Logan, who struggles to pay his rent, shares the elderly Mrs Schmulowitz s garage with an obstreperous cat, knows far too much about bullets and bombs, and still hasn t learned how to fall out of love with the wife who left him for his boss.If you watched the short lived TV series, Life, you ll share my delight at revisiting this slightly skewed version of Buddhism, with the occasional sprinkle of bacon, guns, and wit The ex wife returns, asking for help The Buddhist has to oblige The rejected husband feels appropriate remorse when he insults her And the contacts from a secret past combine with new friends and enemies in the LAPD to send Cordell flying and driving up and down the coast and out to the desert.The writing pulls you in The plot twists and turns like a plane in the wind The wide skies haunt And the protagonist and friends will have you searching bookstores forA fun, exciting, absorbing mystery with character and style, this one s highly recommended Disclosure I received a free bound galley from the publisher, The Permanent Press, in exchange for my honest review

  4. ✨Susan✨ ✨Susan✨ says:

    3.5 stars for this private detective mystery I liked this book on and off, parts were really good and full bodied and then it would go into a lull The main character had some good humor and was interesting enough but I don t think I will continue on with the series Ray Porter always does a fantastic job narrating.

  5. Donna Donna says:

    This book is actually the first book in the Cordell Logan series by David Freed, but it is the 3rd one that I ve read I just love the protagonist He is so funny and usually does the opposite of what polite society would deem appropriate I like that unexpected element He is quite the cynic and therefore he speaks my language I also like the other characters because they are quite lively as well The author can weave a creative plot I ve enjoyed his story lines They are well thought out I This book is actually the first book in the Cordell Logan series by David Freed, but it is the 3rd one that I ve read I just love the protagonist He is so funny and usually does the opposite of what polite society would deem appropriate I like that unexpected element He is quite the cynic and therefore he speaks my language I also like the other characters because they are quite lively as well The author can weave a creative plot I ve enjoyed his story lines They are well thought out I look forward to reading

  6. Sarah Booth Sarah Booth says:

    I m fairly ambivalent about this book It s an interesting thriller mystery, but some pretty big flaws to go along with it The main character claims to be a man who is studying Buddhism since his divorce and has read English Literature at university Air Force Academy if this is true he needs a better book on Buddhism as his version is bubble gum Buddhism and his pithy little quotes could be from fortune cookies It sounds like a book he picked up about the subject for 1.99 while waiting on th I m fairly ambivalent about this book It s an interesting thriller mystery, but some pretty big flaws to go along with it The main character claims to be a man who is studying Buddhism since his divorce and has read English Literature at university Air Force Academy if this is true he needs a better book on Buddhism as his version is bubble gum Buddhism and his pithy little quotes could be from fortune cookies It sounds like a book he picked up about the subject for 1.99 while waiting on the supermarket checkout line For someone who has read literature his relationship to the female sex and his ex wife is purely one dimensional The only reason he is still torn up about her is that she s hot He doesn t seem to appreciate her or notice her on any other level or any other woman other than his landlady who is in her late 80s A man who is supposed to read Buddhism, philosophy and great literature would findto a woman, would needfrom one, than just looks He would also be attracted to her mind or need some sort of mental stimulus from her for the level of obsession he seems to have, but there doesn t appear to be anythingthan her being hot He s just horny and that takes away from you believing his character His sarcasm does get a little tired, but I could live with that The landlady is a kick and a nice addition His relationship with Kiddyiot sp his cat is pretty funny, but you sort of wonder why he keeps the wee beastie around The end surprised me, but I guess it shouldn t thinking back, but it s been a rough week and I ve been all but completely useless It s an okay adventure thriller, but you don t completely buy the main character and he can be a bit annoying

  7. Bon Tom Bon Tom says:

    I m totally sold on this series Super fun Good laugh and humor Lovable character He s a pilot, former alpha operative, current buddhist, ex husband all secret ambitions of mine Well, almost And has a cat that s pushing his ass kicking button all the time, but somehow still cares for it better than for himself There s also funny 90 year old lady landlord And his ex wife doesn t seem to be wearing panties All strong sale points.

  8. Clay Stafford Clay Stafford says:

    Pulitzer Prize winning author David Freed s first book about an ex military assassin turned flight instructor is enough to make your head buzz Flat Spin is a fast moving chase em down thriller with plot twists galore I love the humor in the tense moments reminds me of some of the best in the hard boiled world Wonderful writing, as one would expect from a journalist who has been shortlisted for numerous journalistic awards I love the premise find the killer of the man who stole your wife Pulitzer Prize winning author David Freed s first book about an ex military assassin turned flight instructor is enough to make your head buzz Flat Spin is a fast moving chase em down thriller with plot twists galore I love the humor in the tense moments reminds me of some of the best in the hard boiled world Wonderful writing, as one would expect from a journalist who has been shortlisted for numerous journalistic awards I love the premise find the killer of the man who stole your wife The only thing I didn t like was that the book came to an end, but that s the way of all good things Good thing about a book, though, I can always read it again In this case, I will This is definitely a book to add to your shelf.FromDavid Freed s first mystery is a stay up late to finish thriller It s also got some of the funniest lines and characters one is likely to encounter in any mystery, along with a tense and compelling plot and a most original protagonist.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 as Alpha The only problem is, the LAPD can find no record of Echevarrias 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 the skills he honed working for Alpha, 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 But that s the least of his problems It is his love hate relationship with Savannah, a woman Logan continues to pine for in spite of himself, that threatens to consume him Readers will find Cordell, intrigued by Buddhism and still emotionally vulnerable from his divorce, an engaging protagonist Freed, who shared a Pulitzer Prize for the L.A Times coverage of the Rodney King riots, capably balances humor and serious themes Publishers Weekly Tigers in Red Weather on Killer NashvilleMy Other Reviews on Killer Nashville

  9. Carol Carol says:

    Cordell Logan, retired black ops agent, current flight instructor and budding Buddhist disciple With a stack of bills to pay, sits expectantly at his desk phone waiting for clients to call about flight instruction But his phone never rings Enter the long divorced but still hot ex wife, Savannah, asking him a favor to investigate the shooting of her currently dead husband, Arlo Echevarria Arlo, was a fellow black ops agent and Logan s best friend until he stole Logan s wife Well Cordell almo Cordell Logan, retired black ops agent, current flight instructor and budding Buddhist disciple With a stack of bills to pay, sits expectantly at his desk phone waiting for clients to call about flight instruction But his phone never rings Enter the long divorced but still hot ex wife, Savannah, asking him a favor to investigate the shooting of her currently dead husband, Arlo Echevarria Arlo, was a fellow black ops agent and Logan s best friend until he stole Logan s wife Well Cordell almost celebrated when he heard Arlo Echevarria was dead, dancing a jig in his head He could care less as to who was responsible Still bitter, Logan refuses Savannah s request Then his former father in law promises him 25 grand to look into the death of his ex wife s husband, unable to turn down the cash, off he goes on his Cessna 172 to LA, Las Vegas, Arizona and Oakland following clues that lead to an array of characters The characters are really the best thing about this book Cordell Logan who tried so hard to take the Buddhist view of every situation asking, What would the Buddha do , which places a humorous twist on many bad spots he gets into And miraculously making a few tight situations come to a peaceful resolution And when all else fails, add a bit of cynical humor Logan s wonderful elderly landlady, Mrs Schmulowitz, who bonded with Logan over brisket dinners as they watch Monday night football together He calls her a saint Wrong religion bubale she replies His tabby cat Kiddiot who never eats his cat food but is fat and indifferent The mystery itself is OK but not the greatest 3 1 2 stars It was the sideshow of characters Logan meets and introduces that make the book The wife stealing Arlo Echevarria glowing obituary alone is the best bit of fiction I have read in a long time David Freed certainly knows a great deal about aviation but the story at times stalls despite the humor of the main character Still the series has great potential and Freed has an eye for making characters This is the first in a series and I am told the stories gets better so I may try another in the series

  10. A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) says:

    Book source LibraryCordell Logan is a flight instructor just barely keeping his business afloat when his ex wife suddenly walks back into his life asking him to talk to the police about her current husband s recent murder She believes he was killed because of his past employment, something that he and Cordell shared Because Cordell and Arlo were part of a special black ops unit, Cordell is reluctant to tell the police, or anyone, anything about their shared work history Eventually he gives Book source LibraryCordell Logan is a flight instructor just barely keeping his business afloat when his ex wife suddenly walks back into his life asking him to talk to the police about her current husband s recent murder She believes he was killed because of his past employment, something that he and Cordell shared Because Cordell and Arlo were part of a special black ops unit, Cordell is reluctant to tell the police, or anyone, anything about their shared work history Eventually he gives in and things go into a flat spin from there.The best part about this story is the mystery of who is behind it all The rest is so so Cordell himself is actually not very likeable He s a smartass without the charm of Jim Butcher s Harry Dresden or the wiliness of JP Sloan s Dorian Lake, both fantasy characters, I know, but Logan reminds me a bit of them He does have a bit of the bulldog stubbornness to pull off his own investigation of Arlo s murder not to mention the inside track with their past history and help from a techie friend in his old unit The writing is a bit dry with some action thrown in here and there Because he s a flight instructor there is a LOT of flying info included Great if you re a fan of flying, not so much if you aren t Logan does have a cat though, and he cares for his landlady, so he s not all bad I m just not interested enough to continue with the series

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