It’s 1956. A plane bearing a mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport outside Los Angeles and disappears into a raging storm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, 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 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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really loved this book. I don’t say that too often when it comes to murder mysteries, but in this case I have to. Ever read a book and instantly pick up on the tone of the author through the main character? That happened to me with this novel.
I loved the almost-Buddhist lead character. His revelations about Buddha’s teachings and how he related them to his own inability to exactly follow them made him a slightly damaged, quirky and very human main character that was easy to identify with.
David Freed has a way of blending suspense and humour in just the right amounts, bringing you to the edge of your seat and then making you laugh until you nearly fall off it. His characters were all individuals and did not have that cookie cutter feel that so many seem to.
Along with moments of humour and intense mystery, David Freed made me care enough about the characters in this book to be genuinely saddened when something happened to them.
I loved his Lake Tahoe setting. It was interesting to see places that I visit frequently so well described. The atmosphere and tension in this novel made me keep turning pages, even long into the night.
If you are looking for a great mystery that will hold your attention, this is one I definitely recommend.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.