David Freed

Welcome to my newly improved website! I’m thrilled to report that I recently changed publishers. Blackstone Publishing is now the official home of flight instructor, former special operator, and certified troublemaker Cordell Logan. 

The big news is that beginning in 2024, Blackstone plans to repackage and re-release all of my previously published Logan novels, including the original audio versions featuring Ray Porter. Toward the end of next year, they’ll also be launching a brand new Logan mystery, DEEP FURY, with what I’m hoping will be many more of his adventures to come after that.

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My deepest gratitude for your interest.

Blue skies,


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The Kill Circle

June 21, 2023/

A father and son hunting deer in the mountains of Colorado happen upon a stunning sight: a vintage sports car…

The Three-Nine Line

June 21, 2023/

More than forty years after being freed from the infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” three aging former American prisoners of war return…

Voodoo Ridge

June 21, 2023/

At the height of the Cold War, a twin-engine Beechcraft bearing top-secret cargo departs from the Santa Paula Airport near…

Flat Spin

June 21, 2023/

Flight instructor Cordell Logan is a man with a dark history and dwindling savings who shares a converted garage apartment…

Hot Start

June 13, 2023/

Lounging naked one sweltering night in the swimming pool of their opulent estate in seaside Rancho Bonita, an infamous big…

Fangs Out

June 13, 2023/

With his execution moments away, the condemned killer of famous Vietnam War pilot-hero Hub Walker’s daughter makes a stunning assertion:…

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 It’s called DEEP FURY and it’ll be released sometime in early 2024.

The Duck is modeled after an aging Cessna 172 my father-in-law once owned and let me fly so long as I paid for gas and its upkeep. A fine airplane with the worst paint job you ever saw. I logged several hundred hours on that plane before acquiring a Piper Cherokee 180 that I flew for more than ten years. I now own and fly a Cirrus SR20.

If only I knew! I’ll be sleeping or hiking or eating a burrito or taking a shower or watching TV, with my brain essentially on autopilot, and then—shazam!—an idea for a plot will come to me, seemingly out of the ether. One place I can tell you where plot ideas never hit me is when I’m behind the controls of an airplane. That’s one activity that requires full focus.

Each has its challenges and rewards, and each benefits the other. Writing fiction can help teach a journalist how to tell a fact-based story more engagingly. Practicing journalism, meanwhile, teaches the writer of fiction the values of veracity, technical accuracy, and detail in prose.

When a talented student is motivated to improve their craft and receptive to coaching, nothing is better than teaching! Conversely, little is more frustrating to me than when a student repeats the same mistakes over and over. You start to feel after awhile like you’re wasting their time and visa versa.

Mostly I helped intelligence collectors and analysts learn to do their jobs more effectively.

I fantasize about doing the Indiana Jones thing—only my version would involve tromping through the jungles of New Guinea, finding the wrecks of World War II aircraft, and restoring them to airworthiness. In reality, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing than my current day job, which is making up and telling stories. It definitely beats working for a living!

Deep Fury

The Latest Cordell Logan Thriller

Coming in 2024

A naked man falls like a bomb from the night sky and crashes through the roof of a mobile home in Central California, nearly killing the elderly couple who live there. Officials later identify the man as Peter Hostetler, a well-respected executive of a California-based toy manufacturing company. Detectives are baffled. Who would murder a businessman who works for a toymaker in such bizarre fashion, and why?

For flight instructor and former government assassin Cordell Logan, Hostetler’s death is personal. Hostetler was Logan’s wingman when the two served as Air Force fighter pilots flying combat missions during Operation Desert Storm. Indeed, it was Hostetler who saved Logan’s wife during one particularly perilous mission over Iraq.

Determined to bring to justice whoever killed his battle buddy, Logan takes off in the Ruptured Duck, his aging Cessna 172. He soon discovers that the company where Hostetler worked is a front: the company manufactures highly classified radar components. But that’s not the half of it. Someone is covertly selling those components to a hostile foreign government, threatening to upset the global balance of power.

As Logan and his brilliant girlfriend, former CIA case officer Layne Sterling, struggle with relationship issues, a tangled trail of clues will lead him across California, deep into Mexico, and dangerously into harm’s way.

The seventh installment in the Amazon- and Audible-bestselling Cordell Logan mysteries, DEEP FURY continues the high-flying, page-turning tradition that has won the series rave critical reviews and a legion of loyal fans.

This one may be the best yet.

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Words and 2x4s

November 1, 2023

               I’ve strung together many words over the long span of my career as a journalist and, more recently, novelist. It would not be hyperbole to say that several million sentences have appeared in print under my name, though how many specifically would be anyone’s guess.                 In truth, there have been few sentences I […]

Batting 300

September 25, 2023

Much as I used to enjoy watching major league baseball, I quit following the sport long ago. My interest waned with the introduction of modern free agency. It became a chore keeping track from one week to the next which player was on what team. Plus, I found myself chaffing at the notion of grown […]

A Cowboy in the Jungle

September 4, 2023

Jimmy Buffett’s singing voice was hardly world class, but what he lacked in vocal range, he more than made up for in the often brilliant lyrics he penned. He was a big-time popstar famous for his lighthearted, feel-good songs, but behind the cornball, fun-filled, Caribbean-Parrot Heads-Margaritaville schtick, he was a sentimental philosopher and poet par […]


August 19, 2023

As my 40th birthday loomed, my partner proposed that we go somewhere exotic to celebrate. I suggested the notion of a quiet island somewhere with good snorkeling. Our travel agent said she knew the perfect place: Molokai. We’d vacationed in Hawaii many times before, mostly on the Big Island and Kauai, but never Molokai. Small wonder. […]