David 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.
"All I can say is, 'wow'. For a first novel this one is outstanding. Action-adventure, mystery, death and destruction, what more could a discerning reader want! The author has put together a great story...If you are looking for a superb read, then you can't go wrong here." --Reviewed by Paul J. for Readers Favorite
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Most mystery heros have their “thing” and this one’s is that he is a pilot and teaches people to fly using his single engine plane. Like a lot of mystery heros he is broke, has a bad luck streak, and has an ex-wife who is sexy and exceptional and to whom he is still strongly attractive. The mystery itself if fine and the book has its share of suspense but the best sections are the sections where the hero is flying his plane. The author, Freed, is a pilot and a very good writer and these combine together to make the flying sections enjoyable and engaging. However, the rest of the book is simply a solid mystery tale, one you will enjoy reading but it will soon fade away to where all pleasant yet bland memories go to.
After reading the bio of the author I couldn't wait to read the book. However, I found the plot very thin and unimaginative. The Russians?? Really?? Too many characters thrown in to fill the pages, not enough intrigue to suck me in, Using sayings from Buddhism was an interesting twist, but dwelling on the lazy no personality cat just to fill a void in the story was boring. And the flying lessons etc. talking back and forth to the tower..over used.....ZZZZZZZZZZZ. Whoops, sorry I dozed off there.
Tying up the loose ends and solving the mystery left me scratching my head? Not that I didn't see it coming it was just where did this guy fit in?? Not much background on him, then he shows up as the shooter?
I was not impressed.
David Freed's engaging protagonist, Cordell Logan, is retired from a secret government special ops group known only as Alpha. He now buys groceries and occasionally pays his rent by giving flying lessons in his Cessna 172, or did until his last student washed out. He's never gotten over his ex-wife Savannah, who was stolen by his former Alpha boss, Arlo Eschevarria. So he's not terribly disappointed to learn Eschevarria has met a violent end, nor does it bother him that the police have no suspects. He’s unresponsive to Savannah’s pleas to let the police know about the special ops until Savannah’s rich father slips him some cash to sweeten the job. But the police don’t believe him. For his trouble Logan becomes suspect number one. Logan can be disarmingly honest, annoyingly blunt, or completely evasive. But we can’t help caring about him and his world, which includes an arrogant cat and a quirky landlady. The story is told with unremitting irony and...
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