In 1956 a plane bearing mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport outside Los Angeles and disappears into a raging storm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over the Sierra Nevada, retired military assassin turned civilian flight instructor and would-be Buddhist Cordell Logan catches a glint of sunlight on metal and spots what appears to be an aircraft wreckage. His life will never be the same.
Logan and his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, plan a reconciliation in posh Lake Tahoe. But upon landing in the Ruptured Duck, his beloved aging Cessna, Logan agrees to put those plans on hold when he's asked to help guide a search-and-rescue team to the remote, mountainous crash site. The team finds not only a long-missing airplane, with the mummified remains of its pilot still at the controls, but something much more recent and far more sinister: the body of a young man, shot to death only hours earlier. Someone has beaten the rescuers to the site and will clearly stop at nothing to profit from what the plane was carrying - including kidnapping and threatening to kill Savannah if Logan refuses to help them carry out their getaway plans. With the clock ticking and the love of his life in peril, Logan is drawn into a vexing vortex as personal and potentially deadly as any he's ever known.
Voodoo Ridge is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride filled with the kind of unexpected twists, full-throttle action, and wry humor that won Freed's Flat Spin and Fangs Out, the first two installments in the Cordell Logan mystery series, rave reviews and a legion of loyal fans.
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Disappointing. In a Brutal Way.
Just awful! I am taken aback!
I can't imagine any reader who has read the first Cordell Logan book would appreciate this one. Mr. Logan was very funny in the earlier book that I read. However, he has been rendered into a pedantic gasbag who cannot stop talking about all of his various hard-won expertise in military science, espionage, flying and etc. A deeply boring protagonist.
Obviously not another of Mr. Freed's books. I have already tried the newest book that is narrated by Eoardo Ballerini. This is a book about four generations of Italians and their fairly boring interactions over the years. Again, 100% humorless. I mean, I don't need every book to be either a thriller or a laugh riot, but if you want your readers to stick with you, a style that incorporates a bit of humor does a lot to keep the reader interested. Without it, your characters become stiff, bloodless, stoic non-livers of life, and the reader soon gives up on enjoying anything lively or even spontaneous. The Brits often write in this way, as their sense of humor tends toward the loo. So they do over and over again the unrequited love bit, and the stiff upper lip thing, and the tamped down smoldering passions schtick. I am sorry to offend, but I think that most American readers share my frustration with these themes. Get on with it, mate! Life can, believe it or don't, be fun! And you don't have to be completely inane, like Monte Python.
Mr. Porter is an excellent narrator who, if given good material, easily holds my attention. This material, is just a sow's ear, and Mr. Porter cannot...you know.
I don't remember most of them. Logan, Savannah and Mrs. Schmuling are essential, I guess. Even the comical old Jewish lady can't do much with this stuff. The romance between Logan and Savannah is getting mighty tired by this point. This writing is so far beneath Lehane, or Hallinan, or Tom Perry, or Michael Connelly: If you have a day job, Mr. Freed, I think you should hold onto it.
- Richard Delman