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Author: David Freed Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cordell Logan Mysteries Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781481589383
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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 Spinresonates with a veracity that only an author who knows his subject firsthand can deliver.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

  • Flat Spin may be one of the funniest books of the year. Narrator Ray Porter guides listeners through this captivating mystery involving divorced flight instructor Cordell Logan. His wife has remarried, and her husband, an ex-military comrade of Logan’s, is murdered. Logan is reluctantly convinced by his ex-wife and her father to solve the case. Porter’s cynical portrayal of Logan as a Buddhist-in-training is great fun. Further, Porter’s convincing characterizations of Logan’s flight students, motherly landlord, and indifferent cat also make the story soar. This is the first work of fiction by Freed, a Pulitzer Prize winner for journalism—but hopefully not his last.”


  • “Unlike some novelists with enormous technical expertise, [Freed] is a superb writer. His prose is at once muscular and musical—and sometimes verges on poetry. He skillfully mixes a hard-boiled sensibility with flashes of sardonic humor. The riveting plot, well-drawn characters, and magnificent prose are sure to make this one of the finest debuts of 2012.”

    Bruce DeSilva, Edgar Award–winning author

  • “Freed is a superb writer. His prose is at once muscular and musical—and sometimes verges on poetry. And he mixes a hard-boiled attitude with flashes of wry humor. The riveting plot and fine prose are sure to make Flat Spin one of the best debuts of 2012.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Deftly plotted…Capably balances humor and serious themes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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 (starred review)

  • “Pulitzer-winning reporter Freed brings his knowledge of aviation, the military, and law enforcement to his fiction debut. His story is full of interesting episodes and feels authentic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Laced with wit, black ops, skullduggery, and an appealing pilot protagonist, Flat Spin is a welcome addition to the mystery thriller field. Former LA Times investigative reporter David Freed brings his prodigious knowledge of police, pilots, federal intelligence, and foreign wars to this wickedly funny debut.” 

    Denise Hamilton, author of Damage Control

  • “The first thing you notice about Flat Spin is the great writing. Then the ‘pull-you-in’ story and beautifully-wrought characters. It’s everything you want in fresh crime fiction in the hardboiled tradition.”

    Chris Knopf, award-winning author of the Sam Acquillo Hamptons mysteries

  • “This is a wonderful hybrid of a classic crime novel and spy thriller. Note to readers: Keep your seat belts fastened. It’s a hell of a ride.

    Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award winner

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent, entertaining book! A great crime novel with an engagingly snarky Cordell Logan. Looking forward to a sequel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/21/2014

    " Love the sarcasm but story line a little thin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 1/15/2014

    " Interesting first novel. Lead character a little irritating and self destructive, you were hoping he'd stop pushing his love interest away. Seems the start of a series. Worth listening to the library mp3 to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Potsdam | 1/8/2014

    " Good plot, fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allysen | 1/4/2014

    " Warning: my book club did not like this book at all. I however, thought it was quirky, funny and a nice change. I listened to it on audio, therefore the reader may have created that experience. I was laughing out loud on my walks in the morning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 12/29/2013

    " This book was a real fun and kept you just hooked from the start to the end. Cordell is a very witty and fun to learn about. This book was a great mix a murder mystery and spy smoothness that was very entertaining and I can't wait to read the next book by David Freed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 12/19/2013

    " Loved this easy read, sarcastic,funny and interesting!!! Recommended... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krita | 7/28/2013

    " J.A. Konrath style - nice read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 6/25/2013

    " Fun, witty mystery story with a great lead character, Cordell Logan. As a bonus, I got to meet the author at a book event, and he is super nice and as funny as the character he writes. Am looking forward to the next Cordell Loagan mystery coming out in April. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/17/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this first novel and am looking forward to his next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 12/22/2012

    " Good bit of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 10/22/2012

    " A former special forces soldier is asked by his ex-wife to help solve the murder of her current husband. It is a case that could possibly involve the Russian mob or even vengeful terrorists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudi | 10/13/2012

    " I really wanted to give this 5 stars, but just couldn't. I really LOVED this book! I look forward to seeing what else David Freed has to offer. As a first book I thought it was great! His dry sarcastic humor was something I truly enjoy. Read it! It is worth your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 10/10/2012

    " Freed was new to me but a very decent mystery/thriller author. I will read another book by him for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 8/19/2012

    " Excellent read. Have his next book on reserve at the library. Can't wait to get it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The | 6/1/2012

    " My review of Flat Spin is posted on The Chaotic Reader. "

About the Author

David Freed was a specialist in both law enforcement and military affairs during an eighteen-year reporting career, including a stint reporting on Operation Desert Storm from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. As an investigative journalist for the Los Angeles Times, he shared in a Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper’s coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. After leaving the Times, he worked as an investigator and associate field producer for the Los Angeles bureau of CBS News, helping cover the O. J. Simpson murder case. In 1995 he sold his first feature-length screenplay, the action-thriller Stealth, to Twentieth Century Fox. He is also an instrument-rated private pilot and airplane owner who holds an active, top secret security clearance from the US Department of Defense.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations as well as several Earphones Awards and enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has also appeared in numerous films and television shows.