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More than forty years after their release from the notorious "Hanoi Hilton," three American prisoners of war return to Vietnam to make peace with their most brutal former captor, a guard whom they've dubbed, "Mr. Wonderful." The U.S. State Department hopes reconciliation will help cement a major trade agreement between Washington and the Vietnamese. But when Mr. WonderfulMore than forty years after their release from the notorious "Hanoi Hilton," three American prisoners of war return to Vietnam to make peace with their most brutal former captor, a guard whom they've dubbed, "Mr. Wonderful." The U.S. State Department hopes reconciliation will help cement a major trade agreement between Washington and the Vietnamese. But when Mr. Wonderful is found murdered, the three ex-POWs are accused of the crime and the multi-billion dollar deal threatens to unravel. Enter pilot, still-aspiring Buddhist, and former military assassin Cordell Logan.Working with a newly formed covert intelligence unit that answers directly to the White House, Logan is dispatched to Hanoi to identify the real killer as the trade agreement threatens to implode. What he soon uncovers proves to be a vexing and increasingly dangerous mystery. Who really killed the guard and why? Unlocking the answers will test every ounce of Logan's ingenuity and resolve, while risking his life as never before.Like its three predecessors in the Cordell Logan mystery/thriller series Flat Spin, Fangs Out, and Voodoo Ridge, The Three-Nine Line is a classic, pulse-pounding page-turner. Legions of loyal readers and critics alike, from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal to Noir Journal and the Associated Press, have hailed the series for its taut writing, finely wrought characters, flashes of wry humor, and full throttle pacing. The Three-Nine Line may well be the best yet....

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ISBN : 9781579623999
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Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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The Three-Nine Line Reviews

  • Kathy
    2018-08-05 09:01

    4.5 stars.In The Three-Nine Line, David Freed's fourth novel in the highly entertaining and always fascinating Cordell Logan Mystery series, past and present collide when "Mr. Wonderful", a brutal guard at the Hanoi Hilton, is murdered after a reconciliation ceremony with three of his former POWs. Ex-fighter pilot and one-time covert government operator Cordell Logan travels to Vietnam to investigate the murder and help the Americans leave the country before news of the murder reaches the American press. With a US trade agreement with Vietnam hanging in the balance, Logan must outwit Truong Tan Sang, an overzealous investigator with the Ministry of Public Security, before the ex-POWs are convicted of the crime.Cordell is still coming to terms with the tragic events that occurred six months earlier when his old friend and comrade in arms Buzz reaches out to him about the tense situation in Hanoi. Cordell is a little reluctant to become involved in the investigation, but when he learns his former philosophy professor, Steven Cohen, is one of the men under house arrest, he quickly agrees to help. Posing as psychologist Bob Barker, Logan travels to Vietnam where he meets with Cohen and the other ex-POW, Virgil Stoneburner, while at the same time he secretly investigates the murder. With very few resources to aid him on his search for answers, Logan and his interpreter, Nguyen Phu Dung are soon looking into "Mr. Wonderful's" sordid dealings in hopes of discovering the identity of his killer. Logan is still the same intelligent, sarcastic and somewhat reluctant investigator introduced in previous installments of the series. However he has been out of the covert ops game just long enough to be slightly off balance. He seems a bit distracted occasionally and although he gets results, he is sometimes a little reckless. Cordell is also on his own for much of the investigation and lacks some of the resources he needs to obtain necessary information. As Dr. Barker, Logan has limited access to Cohen and Stoneburner, and they continue to deny any involvement in the murder. The third ex-POW Billy Hallady is out of Cordell's reach since he returned to the US with his grandson, Sean, before Mr. Wonderful's body was discovered. Is their early return as innocent as Hallady proclaims? Or is the reason a sign of their involvement in Mr. Wonderful's death? Will Logan unmask the killer(s) before Cohen and Stoneburner become scapegoats for his murder? The Three-Nine Line is a very clever and intriguing addition to the Cordell Logan Mystery series. David Freed has once again written an impossible to solve mystery that will keep readers guessing the perpetrator's identity right up until the novel's dramatic conclusion. The return of an old love interest will leave fans eagerly awaiting the next book in this delightful series. Highly recommended to old and new fans of the series.

  • Sheila
    2018-08-05 07:58

    David Freed’s Cordell Logan Mysteries go from strength to strength with this fourth novel in the series. While each entry stands alone—this one perhaps even more than most—readers following the storyline will find something increasingly intriguing about watching Logan’s character grow and change. Now, with the future fallen apart around him, the aspiring Californian Buddhist flight instructor, with a curious cat and an even more curious past, treads into the shoes of his country’s recent history. Vietnam’s war and its present-day politics are rendered just as convincingly as Californian towns and skies, while a growing cast of suspects crosses the page, and politicians rage. Will a smooth resolution be valued more highly than the truth, or will Cordell Logan, reluctantly serving his country, find an answer to both?The Three-Nine Line, from wingtip to wingtip, keeps a pilot’s opponent in front of him. But Logan’s investigation into the death of a one-time Vietnamese torturer seems more like a dogfight where even friendly planes might turn treacherous. Truly alone, in an alien present and an uncertain future, Logan searches for allies and answers, finds unexpected confidants, and remains convincingly true to character from start to surprising finish.The Three-Nine Line is a character-driven mystery, with great plot and a powerful sense of location. The protagonist flies in a well-drawn path, keeping danger in his sights. And the novel is a great addition to the series, widening its scope in a wholly unexpected way, but staying true to character even as the character remains wholly true to himself.Disclosure: I received a free bound galley from the publishers and I offer my honest review.

  • Julie
    2018-07-28 11:08

    It's risky business to start a new series. You can get quickly hooked and just as quickly disappointed. Sadly, both apply to this series. I enjoyed the first two installments, was teetering with the last book, and this one nose-dived. The characters weren't the same and even though the deviation in the usual story line was interesting it isn't enough to earn this book more than an "okay." If you want an okay read about international murder mystery with some decent twists and without having to read the whole series go ahead and try it.

  • Chowhound88 (a.k.a. Ralph)
    2018-08-05 08:56

    Another great read by David Freed. I must say that I really enjoy reading his books.

  • Jane
    2018-08-09 07:03

    All of us that grew up into adults during the Vietnam War know about the Hanoi Hilton and what it represented when our brave men were caught and put into this torture chamber. The Three-Nine Line is set forty years later when three former aviators are sent to Hanoi to meet with the brutal guard known as 'Mr. Wonderful' and make nice to establish a new trade agreement between the United States and Vietnam. The diplomatic problems develop when 'Mr. Wonderful' is found dead a few hours after the meeting and the two of the three former senior pilots are being detained by the Vietnamese officials.Dr. Bob Barker AKA Cordell Logan is sent to Hanoi under cover of being a psychologist sent to help the two men being held and investigate and find out who really killed the ex-guard. This set the story problem and the solution that he works on is not revealed until almost the last page with lots of twists and turns, false leads and un-cooperation of everyone involved. This is a great book written by an author that understands the workings of our government behind the scenes and how to get a job done.I want to thank David Freed, the author and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for my copy of The Three-Nine Line that I won in the Giveaway.

  • Ionia
    2018-08-15 03:58

    I was thrilled to see another book in this series and it didn't let me down. If you haven't started reading these books yet, hurry up and do so, what are you waiting for?David Freed has brought us another interesting Cordell Logan mystery. The main character has already been through the wringer in the previous books and lived to tell about it, and what the author has in store for him this time around will excite you and make you nervous for him all at the same time. I loved that Kiddiot made a big appearance at the beginning and that even though the story changed, some of the familiar elements were kept. Reading these books make you feel like you are returning home. This novel has the perfect measure of danger, intensity and intelligent and quirky writing. Recommended to those who love to live at the edge of their seat. Looking forward to seeing what David Freed does next. This review is based on a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  • Stuart Law
    2018-08-18 06:50

    Cordell is back, and better than ever. This time, he’s sloshing through a sweltering Vietnam, navigating the treachery of paranoid Communists, the wiles of suspicious women, and the difficulties of crossing a Hanoi street.Freed approaches the thorny history of America’s military engagement in Southeast Asia with a nuanced perspective. We are treated to a thoughtful account of a still-Communist country grappling with its history yet bravely moving towards modernity. The residual of the bloody conflict that embroiled Vietnam from the Japanese invasion in World War II through the 1979’s Sino-Vietnamese War is evident and well-captured by Freed. We see latent hate and resentment, but also the shared respect of soldiers who were once bitter opponents. The combination of high adventure, sharp wit, and deep subject-matter expertise on the part of the author makes the Cordell Logan series is a must-read.

  • Karen
    2018-08-08 05:10

    I really enjoyed the first two, wasn't a huge fan of the third but not bad. Hugely disappointed in this one. Its as if the author wanted to completely abandon the character he created. All the quirky personalities that create the story are gone and you are left with a two dimensional character in a violent unrealistic situation.

  • M. Sprouse
    2018-08-13 06:45

    The Three-Nine Line took a couple of chapters to heat up, but when it did, it sizzled. Plenty of action, exotic locations and ladies, with darn good writing. What more could one want? Well, wait a minute, I did have to suspend belief about how our hero Logan got put into the situation of going to Hanoi and how unprepared he and the organization was that sent him. I mean if I'm posing as a psychologist and my life might depend on it, I think I'd bone up a little on some psychology terminology and theory about PSTD and related conditions. But, David Freed has some experience working with the intelligence community (from book cover) and I don't, so maybe this kind of thing happens. Anyway, that's my one chagrin, the rest was outstanding for mystery, escape and fun. This was my first book by the author and in the series and I ordered another book, when I was a little over half way through this one. I liked it that much.

  • Erin Garrett
    2018-08-04 06:57

    I'm still TOTALLY loving everything Cordell Logan. This character is so likable, it's hard to stop reading! He's not over the top, just a solid, tough, witty-as-hell guy (who I also picture being super hot, but that's beside the point) who you can't help but root for. This wasn't my favorite of the series, but still very enjoyable and quick. The narrator in this series is fantastic. He has Cordell's snark down pat, and does a pretty good job with other voices also. (There was one book - the 2nd in the series - that someone else narrated and it was terrible!)Really recommend this series to anyone who likes fast-pace, secret-squirrel missions, and cute tough guys!

  • Terry
    2018-07-31 05:48

    Too many loose ends. What happened to the Kia V.P. and what was her role in the novel? What happened to Tan Sang after Logan leaves? Where did Underwood come from he just shows up out of the blue.Seems like too many characters just pop up then disappear without much to do with the story.

  • Richard Cox
    2018-08-06 10:11

    Set in Vietnam amid echoes of the war, this is easily the best installment yet in Freed’s Cordell Logan series.

  • Lynn Bakeman
    2018-08-10 10:47

    Still has those sparks of wit that offer laugh out loud moments, but it's losing its luster since the events of the last book in the series. (Hey, I'm no spoiler ;) I hope he recovers his mojo and future books entertain me as well as before. The narrator is great in the audiobooks and part of the reason I enjoy the books so much!

  • Yawatta Hosby
    2018-07-22 09:00

    ***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***I loved this Cordell Logan mystery. From the previous book in the series, I felt bad for Logan since he lost the love of his life. As a reader, I was happy to get a glimpse of his life after Savannah, how he grieved, how he kept people at a distance, how he remained a smart ass, simply put how he stayed the Logan I respected. My favorite lines: 1) "The fact was, though, I was busy that night--only not in a way I could've ever anticipated." 2) "And I'm taking this assignment why?" 3) "Spoken like the true fake psychologist you are." 4) "An enemy pilot who's now working for us, and I'm supposed to trust him with my life?"The author did an amazing job with dialogue. I loved all the one-liners. Sarcasm is my favorite type of humor. David Freed was able to capture all the mistrust between the characters, the urgency of the mission, and the dangerous path Logan was on by the intense conversations and the tense body language. I was afraid for all parties involved. The author was also great with character's voice. Logan sounded like an older man at his wit's edge trying to solve who killed Mr. Wonderful while holding on to his sanity in a foreign country with technology and coworkers he didn't understand. Logan reminded me of Gibbs from NCIS.The dictators and corrupt cops were truly terrifying. I thought they were going to keep the upper hand, forcing Logan to return to the US much sooner than expected or wind up dead. The twist at the end was awesome. I wish the story would've shown him mourning more for Savannah, but I understand why it wasn't done. Logan doesn't strike me as a man who expresses much emotion, so the author stayed true to the character.I'm a sucker for happy endings. You'll have to read in order to find out if Logan gets a happy ending, bittersweet ending, or a depressing ending. Either way, I wanted to give him and those American prisoners a hug.I RECOMMEND this book to read.

  • Donna
    2018-07-28 03:09

    This is my second novel by David Freed and the 4th one in his Cordell Logan Mystery series. I read the second novel in this series first and absolutely loved it. While I didn't love this one, I still liked it....a lot.I love the MC though. Cordell Logan is the perfect character because he is multi dimensional. Plus, he is funny. I love his outlook on life. I don't think the plot showed much of that in this book. It was pretty much about the one thing only (the mystery), but it was nicely done. I want to see more progression of the MC. I am so glad I came across David Freed's books. I plan on reading every single one.

  • Roxanne
    2018-08-15 11:11

    I won this book from Goodreads. This book is an excellent mystery book. It takes place in Vietnam and a brutal captor and guard of POWS is found dead. Three POWS go back there to make peace. At the same time the U.S. State Dept. wants to make a trade agreement. After the guard is killed they all become a suspect in his death. Cordell Logan working in intelligence goes to figure out who killed him and make a report. Then the book gets a little cloudy for me as he goes all the place trying to get answers. At the end of the book he does find out who did it, I will not say, as not to spoil it. This has a lot of twists and turns until the end.

  • BookBrowse
    2018-07-28 09:54

    "The background of The Three-Nine Line is Vietnam, but I wish Freed had allowed it to creep a bit more into the foreground. As an award-winning journalist and feature writer, Freed has the trained eye, and ear, to make different places feel different. Nonetheless, The Three-Nine Line is an efficient and satisfying standalone mystery too, with a dollop of political commentary about the Vietnam War to give it some heft and enough red herrings to keep most mystery fans hooked." - James Broderick, Full review at:

  • Rian Nejar
    2018-07-20 06:07

    A who-dun-it, a thriller of sorts, with artful writing and tasteful servings of violence and sexual intimacy; an improbable mixture, of non-violent philosophy and long-awaited vengeance, of direct connections between democratic leaders and mercenaries, of unresolved and peripheral matters of human trafficking. An easy and enjoyable read, nevertheless. A Goodreads First Reads book received.

  • Norma
    2018-07-25 06:53

    "Soul meets soul on lover's lips""Another great Cordell Logan story from David Freed. This time the smart talking, fast action owner of the Ruptured Duck leaves his 'plane behind him to look into the killing of a sadistic Vietnamese ex prison camp guard as he attempts to rescue two Americans likely to be accused of the murder. But never fear, his big hearted landlady and Kiddyot, the disdainful cat, also make delightful appearances.All is superbly voiced by the excellent Roy Porter

  • Bruce Humbert
    2018-08-05 08:51

    The new path for our hero is an interesting one. Less about the girl and the plane and more about him and his skills. Fortunately the cat and Mrs S are still big and the plot twists and wit are just as sharp. The 4 books worked well and were a fun ride. Highly recommend the series and can't wait for the next installment

  • Jo
    2018-07-27 02:49

    Soldier's return to VietNam in a political move by our government in The Three-Nine Line where the former prison guard that had tortured these war heroes is murdered. It is a great murder-mystery with lots of political implications.

  • Amy
    2018-07-24 04:50

    Really enjoyed this well written adventure/thriller. Lots of action and vibrant characters made this book a fun read. I would enjoy reading more about the main character.I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway but the opinions expressed are solely my own.

  • Emily Garrison
    2018-08-05 04:15

    Cordell Logan is witty, charming and provides amazing entertainment throughout the book! I love the realistic and historical fiction that this book provides in relation to the Hanoi Hilton and prisoners of war. A great read!

  • Peter Fiske
    2018-08-14 10:47

    Not the best of his 4 books, but not bad.

  • Alika Thompson
    2018-08-06 08:57

    another win by David freed. fun easy read who done it.

  • Stephanie
    2018-07-21 06:48

    learned much about Vietnam; not as good as previous Cordell Logan novels, but worth the time.

  • Jinie Shirey
    2018-08-16 10:54

    I probably love the characters personalities more than the actual storyline, but I look forward to each Cordell Logan story more every time. Bring on number five. :)

  • Pat Rosenberg
    2018-07-28 09:00

    fantastic will get the other ones I missed couldn't put it down

  • Guillermo Mata
    2018-07-20 09:15

    Buena historia