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Void Moon by Michael Connelly

Void Moon (original 2000; edition 2001)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:Void Moon
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Vision (2001), Edition: 0, Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Tags:audiobook, crime, 12 in 12

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Void Moon by Michael Connelly (2000)



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I needed to read this more quickly than I did. Not because it wasn't good - it was - and I devoured it but over the two and a half weeks I lost track of the details as there were a lot of moving pieces. Leo Renfro, the Shaws, Cassie, Max, Thelma... But a solid read and I didn't find myself looking fo Bosch as much as I thought I might.

I liked the ties into the Bosch series especially with Joey Marks and the character development of Black. She was a much more believable character than Barch, Grimaldi and while I loved the early and middle chapters, I felt the ending contrived and rushed. I wish there were more Cassie Black books as I like that fallen hero. ( )
  skinglist | Oct 14, 2014 |
This is a departure from Harry Bosch where the bad guys come out ahead. ( )
  dara85 | Jul 26, 2014 |
"Void Moon" is one of the best "Vegas heist gone south" thrillers you'll ever read. Ex-con Cassie Black needs one last big score to start a new life. An old friend arranges a job, and it goes horribly wrong. Connelly does a great job of describing technical details without sounding like he's copying them from a textbook. The characters, including the psychopathic hit man, are fully realized. "Void Moon" has several secrets it hints it and reveals at the perfect moments. I read one of Connelly's Harry Bosch books a long time ago, and didn't think much of it. I think I'll try again. ( )
1 vote HenryKrinkle | Jul 23, 2014 |
Connelly's standalone crime thriller stands up pretty well over time. Cassie Black is only 10 months into a 2-year parole but she's already bored with her job selling expensive cars. She needs the adrenaline of a well-planned heist and, even more, she needs the money. But the "mark" turns out to be more than she bargained for and triggers events that endanger not only her plans, but her life. The only flaw in this page-turner is Connelly's pedantic description of the preparation and execution of crimes. His criminal tradecraft contains no flair or glamour and reads more like an instruction manual. But his plotting is in excellent form as Cassie and the psychopath searching for her outwit and outmaneuver each other. The characters are given some depth by the gradual revelation of their emotional motivations and the ending is appropriately cinematic. ( )
1 vote bookappeal | Jul 3, 2014 |
I didn't really like any of the characters and it was sad. A crazy guy named jack is a cold blooded killer and he goes after Cassie black who is a robber. Depressing ( )
  afarrington | Mar 15, 2014 |
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There seems to be an unspoken rule among mystery writers that once the author has created a successful character, the obligation to fans demands regular installments in the hero's life history, whatever the author's literary aspirations. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was famously unsuccessful at killing off Sherlock Holmes and resurrected his detective in response to public outcry. Michael Connelly's police procedural series featuring Harry Bosch has garnered numerous top mystery awards, including the coveted Edgar. But, strangely, it is his deviations from Bosch, including The Poet and Blood Work, that have drawn the biggest readerships--and have won awards of their own to boot (The Poet was honored with the 1997 Anthony Award). Now, once again, Connelly follows up the success of a Bosch book, Angels Flight, with a non-series tale that pushes Connelly's already impressive body of work into new territory.

Void Moon traces the path of Cassie Black, a gifted thief who struggles with the temptation of "outlaw juice" (the burning desire to live the fast life of crime and payoffs) even while she regularly attends her probation meetings. It's not that hawking Porsches to newly flush young Hollywood males isn't satisfying, but... well, it isn't. After years away, she returns to her old striking grounds in Las Vegas for one last big mark hoping to pave her way into a new life. But Cassie discovers that her old Las Vegas is a new town with a new skyline and new (and more deadly) bad guys; it is also a place haunted by the ghost of her lover-partner Max. When her take proves to be 10 times larger than she imagined, her road to freedom runs afoul of the Mob while a morally questionable--and openly vicious--PI sniffs her trail.

With its attractive central character, meticulous plot, and glitzy packaging, Void Moon seems perfectly poised for the New York Times bestsellers list. That is not to say, however, that Connelly has "dumbed down" his usual presentation. The novel displays Connelly's stunning ability to breathe reality into his fiction with the subtle details that can only come from careful research and his years of experience reporting on crime for the L.A. Times. What other author has so lovingly described the aftermath of crime? The jail sentence, recidivism, the numbing visits to the parole officer where "she held the plastic cup she would have to squat over and fill while an office trainee, dubbed the wizard because of the nature of her monitoring duty, watched to make sure it was her own urine going into the container." While we Connelly fans are always eager to read the next Bosch, once again we're not disappointed with Connelly's "vacation." --Patrick O'Kelley

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A novel on a casino robbery in Las Vegas carried out by a woman. She is Cassie Black, a professional thief who thought she was stealing a quarter million dollars. Instead, the loot turns out to be two million and the mob sends a killer after her.

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