“Flat Spin,” a new thriller by pilot David Freed, is set to be released in May by Permanent Press.
Freed’s first mystery features Cordell Logan, a flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with a shadowy past. When his 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 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 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 hunts Echevarria’s killer.
Freed was a specialist in both law enforcement and military affairs during an 18-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 OJ Simpson murder case. In 1995, he sold his first feature-length screenplay, the action-thriller Stealth, to 20th Century Fox. David is also an instrument-rated private pilot and airplane owner who holds an active security clearance from the US Department of Defense.
The book is available for pre-order at Amazon.com
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