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Publisher's Summary

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.
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Critic Reviews

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)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ted on 07-02-16

Wunnerful: But... why the plane stuff?

Dick Francis's got his horses, David Rosenfelt's got his doggies, so I guess David Feed wanted a series hook with aircraft. And while his use of a plane in Flat Spin has an authentic feel, none of it has anything to do with the plot or even the character development.

That said, I totally enjoyed "Flat Spin". Freed is laugh out loud funny and his plotting (with the exception of the airplane non-sequiturs) is tight and smooth as a low flight on a sunny day. I'll buy the next in the Cordell Logan series... I look forward to this reluctant detective's next flight. Oh, and of course the talented David Freed is the invisible man... which is my highest compliment to an actor who disappears into the ensemble he creates.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Arthur on 08-07-12

A whodunit with a touch of humor.

If you could sum up Flat Spin in three words, what would they be?

suspenseful, realistic, funny

What did you like best about this story?

It is fast moving mystery with unpredictable twists and turns.

Which scene was your favorite?

The dust up in the Russian club.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen while on my tread mill for an hour a day, my cool down periods have been longer while listening to the book.

Any additional comments?

Ray Porter is one of the best narrators in the business and brings the novel to life.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Caro on 01-25-15

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By mollyeyre on 03-16-14

Most enjoyable

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Kevin on 12-11-16

Highway hypnosis cure

This story grabs your full attention from the first sentence & keeps the pressure on to the end.

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