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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
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Void Moon by Michael Connelly (2000)

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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 |
A neighborhood friend passed this along to introduce me to Connelly. It's a heist caper, a pretty-well thought out one, and I enjoyed the book enough to finish it in one day. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 21, 2014 |
Connelly is the excellent creator of the Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch series of police procedurals. His latest works have been a little different. [book:A Darkness More than Night] brings together two characters, Bosch and McCaleb (another Connelly character) in a story that pits one against the other, and this one that has neither. It concerns Cassie Black, ex-con on parole, who works at a car dealership in Los Angeles. She is haunted by the specter of the death of her lover and father of her child, who died during what was to be their last caper. She and Max had specialized in burglarizing the hotel rooms of Vegas high rollers while they were asleep in their rooms. Using sophisticated surveillance tools, they had been quite successful until the owner of the Cleopatra, an aging casino, hired Jack Karch, a local detective, to trap the thief. About to be caught, Max commits suicide by throwing himself through a window of the hotel he was about to burglarize, falling spectacularly to his death on the crap tables below. Their child, born to Cassie in prison, had been put up for adoption, and Cassie, learning that the adoptive family is about to move to France, wants to do one last score to have enough money to escape the country and take her daughter with her. Unfortunately, she doesn' realize that she is being maneuvered into a much more complicated scenario that will again involve Karch, the Mafia, two-and-a-half-million dollars and the deaths of several people. The key word, synchronicity, helps to unravel the plot. A great page-turner, but quite different from the Bosch series. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |

This is a standalone title, not one of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels, and it's an out-and-out suspenser rather than a mystery or a psychological thriller. Years ago Cassie Black acted in collaboration with her lover Max Freeling to rob Vegas casinos, until one terrible night when they were caught and Max was killed. Now on probation after serving her time in jail, Cassie dreams of the day she'll be able to reclaim -- or steal -- her and Max's daughter Jodie from the child's adoptive parents and make a new life for them both somewhere far away. To this end she allows herself to be persuaded to take on the customary "one last job" . . . and of course it goes awry, bringing her back into the sights of the casino-employed private-investigator-cum-wetwork-operator responsible for Max's death, the sociopathic Jack Karch. Karch in effect goes on a sanctioned killing spree to eliminate all those involved in Cassie's latest heist and recover the dough, yet he too is being doublecrossed -- as he eventually discovers.

This is a real humdinger of a thriller which had me reading later than intended a couple of nights and, during the intervening day, sneaking quick reads when I was supposed to be doing other, more important things. To be honest, the plotting seems to fall apart a bit -- to rely too much on the implausible -- during the final stages, when it has to engineer the mechanics of Cassie getting into a hotel suite to rescue Jodie therefrom, but by that point in the book the momentum of my reading was at such a feverishly high level that I didn't really care.
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  JohnGrant1 | Aug 11, 2013 |
I had a hard time putting this one down... it was very engaging and suspenseful and I was always wondering what Cassie would do next.

At the start, I thought it was one kind of story (a woman trying to rebuild her life after jail) but it ended up having a much larger scope than that. Guess I should have known that Connelly wouldn't have made the novel straight-forward.

There are a lot of plot components but they are nicely tied together (full-circle) by the end of the story. The origins and motivations of all the characters are explained.

I liked how the bad guy (well, the baddest guy) was, on one hand, a very bad guy but on the other hand, just wanted what he thought was his due. He even had a couple redeeming features (trying to help a stranger type thing).

And the big change in Cassie in the final scene of the book was believable and redeeming. ( )
  crazybatcow | Nov 25, 2012 |
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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 about a casino robbery in Las Vegas carried out by professional thief, Cassie Black. The perfect heist goes very wrong and suddenly Cassie is on the run.

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