Review: Flat Spin by David Freed

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Title: Flat Spin
Author: David Freed
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio CD, Multi-Media CD, AudioBook
Publisher: The Permanent Press
Pages: 301
ISBN: 978-1579622720
Source: Author
Genre: Mystery
Series:  Cordell Logan Mysteries #1
Stars: 4
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About the Book:

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 is, after all, 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, 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 Logan continues to pine for 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 first hand can deliver.

Book Review:

The debut novel from David Freed, Flat Spin introduces readers to Cordell Logan: a smart-mouthed, struggling Buddhist, former assassin on the super-secret Alpha team attached to the military. Working as a flight instructor and healing from his ex-wife’s betrayal, he is asked to help find the murderer of his ex-boss, who also was his ex-wife’s ex-husband: the one she left him for.

So – the plot is set for deliciously snarky comments and tension – and Freed does not fail to deliver. While Cordell and his ex-wife are battling over their unresolved issues, he is struggling with his own sense of inner peace and grasping at the teachings of Buddha: many of which he has a snappy comeback for.

As the story unfolds we are treated to some hair raising action, some incredibly detailed and specific flight-speak as he pilots himself from one location to the next, his incredibly well detailed point of view and an interesting assemblage of secondary characters as Cordell seeks to solve the mystery.

Secondary characters have an interesting development: Savannah, the ex-wife had me wanting to slap her occasionally – her perseveration and mixed signals are hugely distracting and disturbing to Cordell. Mrs. Schmulowitz, his elderly landlady with a heart of gold who never met an idea for ‘youthful enhancement’ she didn’t like; and Kiddiot – his marmalade tomcat that has a very specific set of likes and dislike – one of which appears to be Cordell.

This was another book that was hard to put down- and was consumed in a matter of hours. If you are a fan of Evanovich stories: particularly the Stephanie Plum series – this author will be sure to please.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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