A notorious, international big game hunter and his beautiful, former flight attendant wife are gunned down at long range late one sweltering summer night while swimming naked on their seaside estate in opulent Rancho Bonita, California. Police investigators are convinced that the killer is a strident, outspoken animal rights activist with both military experience and a criminal record. The evidence against him would appear overwhelming–until rumors begin to surface that others may have had their own reasons for committing murder.

The last thing flight instructor, aspiring Buddhist, and ex-government assassin Cordell Logan wants to do is become involved in the investigation. He and the accused, however, have mutual friends. Reluctant at first, Logan finds himself caught up in an increasingly confounding enigma, one that swirls around a popular Congressman with close ties to the White House, a European call girl ring, and a ruthless Czech crime boss who’ll stop at nothing to protect his interests. Pursuing the truth will take Logan to places few others would dare go, exposing him to dangers that even he may not survive.

Along with its four predecessors in the Cordell Logan mystery/thriller series–Flat Spin, Fangs Out, Voodoo Ridge, and The Three-Nine LineHot Start is a can’t-put-it-down page-turner that will leave audiences breathless. Critics from Booklist to Publisher’s Weekly to the Associated Press have hailed the series for its veracity and fine writing, vivid characters, generous dollops of humor, and the kind of pacing that keeps readers up at night.

Hot Start may well be the best yet.

“Freed’s fifth mystery has a great pace, abundant humor, and a lively cast of supporting characters.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Well-paced and action-filled.”

— Publishers Weekly

“An easy hand-sell to fans of Robert Crais and Tim Cockey and to everyone who likes some snark with their suspense.”

— Booklist

“Fast paced with generous dollops of humor and populated with vividly crafted and colorful characters, this will satisfy admirers of W.L. Ripley’s “Wyatt Storme” and “Cole Springer” thrillers.”

— Library Journal (starred review)

“A Cordell Logan mystery by David Freed is always something to be anticipated. The fifth in the series, Hot Start, is no exception. With a twisting and twining plot that takes Logan where angels fear to tread, Freed keeps the reader guessing all the way.”

— Ann Snuggs, Noir Journal