Title: Fangs Out
Author: David Freed
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio CD, AudioBook
Publisher: The Permanent Press
Series: Cordell Logan Mysteries #2
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About the Book:
Moments before he is executed, the killer of famed Vietnam War hero-pilot Hub Walker’s daughter makes a startling allegation: the real murderer is Walker’s close friend, a prominent U.S. defense contractor. Walker wants to hire somebody willing to spend a few days hunting up information that will refute the convicted killer’s groundless but widely reported claims, and help restore his friend’s good name. That somebody, as fate would have it, is sardonic civilian flight instructor, would-be Buddhist and retired military assassin Cordell Logan. Thus begins one of the year’s most suspenseful mystery-thrillers.
A Medal of Honor recipient married to a former Playmate of the Year, Walker resides in the swanky San Diego enclave of La Jolla, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Logan is convinced that working for Walker will be little more than a paid vacation – a chance to rub shoulders with a living legend while rekindling Logan’s relationship with his own enticing ex-wife, Savannah. But after flying to San Diego in his beloved aging Cessna, the Ruptured Duck, Logan is quickly drawn into a vexing and deadly jigsaw puzzle. The deeper he digs, the murkier the truth appears, and the more in danger he finds himself. Who really killed the war hero’s daughter, and why? Somebody in “America’s Finest City,” wants to stop Logan from asking questions, and will stop at nothing to silence him.
Returning to visit with former Black Ops turned Buddhist flight instructor Cordell Logan finds him in the midst of another ‘simple on the face’ of things mystery. After a chance encounter with a Medal of Honor recipient having some mechanical issues with his plane, Cordell is convinced and cajoled (with a not insignificant push from a deficient bank balance) to find evidence that will clear a ‘wrongly accused man’.
All of the elements that I adored from the first book were present here as well: the first person point of view from Logan is incredibly well done and thorough, showing his true conflict of emotions regarding his ex-wife, and his ability to find humor, albeit dark, in many of the situations. Secondary characters are well described from his point of view: his ex-wife’s frustrating habit of quoting psychology texts and ‘how to run a therapy session’ is frustrating, and his reactions to that are priceless. Walker is well described, with several questions being placed in the reader’s mind that emanate from Logan’s description and asides about behaviour.
While the puzzle is unfolding, the need to know the “who” becomes near obsessive: for the reader to know just how, and for Logan to avoid those trying to silence him and his inquiries. This book will, and does, stand on its own without needing to read the first in the Cordell Logan Mysteries, but it will encourage you to read more. Fans of the Stephanie Plum style of investigation and humor will certainly enjoy this series.
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.