This Week’s Read: Voodoo Ridge by David Freed

It’s 1956. A plane bearing mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport nears Los Angeles and disappears into a raging Voodoo Ridge coverstorm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, former covert operator-turned-civilian flight instructor 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 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 stop at nothing to profit from what the plane was carrying – including kidnapping Savannah and threatening to kill her if Logan refuses to help them carry out their getaway plans. With the clock ticking and his lover in peril, Logan is drawn into a vexing vortex as personal and 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.
Voodoo Ridge will be available come May 2014.
DAVID FREED is an instrument-rated pilot, screenwriter and a former Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for the Los Angeles Times. He is a frequent contributor to  Smithsonian’s Air & Space and The Atlantic, where he was honored in 2011 as finalist in Feature Writing by the American Society of Magazine Editors. David has also worked extensively within the US intelligence community. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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