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Albany private eye Dick Moonlight has an intriguing new case: a badly disfigured woman wants him to prove that her son did not murder his father and try to kill her with an axe. Evidence seems clearly to point to the boy—including his mother’s eyewitness statement that he did it—but now the woman says she can’t remember the incident, and anyway her son was 200 miles away at the time. It’s a tricky case, made trickier, as always, by Dick’s unique situation: survivor of a botched suicide attempt, he has part of a bullet inside his head, which affects his short-term memory, not to mention making him constantly in danger of keeling over stone dead. You would think this would be a pretty dark novel—seriously damaged private eye investigating seriously damaged woman’s unbelievable story—but it’s not. It’s not a comedy, not even close to that, but it’s a nice balance of shadow and light. Moonlight, who narrates the story, is a likable guy, a decent-enough investigator doing the best he can with the hand he’s been dealt (well, the hand he dealt himself, with a .22). This is the fourth Moonlight novel in a series gathering momentum among fans of quirky PIs. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Vincent Zandri is the international best-selling author of Godchild, The Remains, Moonlight Falls, Moonlight Rises, Scream Catcher, and Murder by Moonlight. He is also the author of the best-selling digital shorts Pathological and Moonlight Mafia. The New York Post called his novel The Innocent “[s]ensational…masterful…brilliant!” He has worked as a foreign correspondent and freelance photojournalist for RT, Globalspec, and IBTimes, among others. He lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dick Moonlight Thrillers
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469204991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469204994
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,957,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
A mystery hog for most of my 71 years, I occasionally worry that I've drained the mystery ocean dry--and then, Lo! I find a new voice. Vincent Zandri. His bio page informs that he has written 10 mysteries, so maybe he's not new--but he's new to me. I found his writing to smack of Stuart Wood at his best and, contrary to other reviews posted here, I was not at all surprised or grossed out at finding grisly murders in a mystery novel!

Zandri's hero is far from a superstar, which is a welcome change from most. The fact that one of the dark crannies of his personality is his own failed suicide (which is portrayed so realistically that this old retired psychotherapist suspects Zandri is familiar with the disheartening and sometimes embarrassing observations and judgements of others on our hero's life.) I found Moonlight's reactions to others's often-cruel comments on his attempted suicide, as well as his own reflections on the act, are a rich addition to both the character and the story. (I wasn't crazy about "Moonlight" as the name of our antagonist, until I pondered such names as Spill-Lane and Kinsey and Plum. Moonlight's surely as good as Reacher!)

The plot of "Murder by Moonlight" keeps a steady pace through its many turns and surprises. Most of all, I think I liked the sardonic but non-condemning tone of Moonlight's assessments of other people. A thoroughly entertaining read. Thank you, Zandri. (I'll be getting your other works too.) (Ariel I.)
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This book is fast paced and filled with obscenity, blood and mayhem. If you like your detective mysteries rough and direct this one should please you. If you're looking for something cerebral you may not enjoy this one. Mr. Zandri does a great job of moving things along but the path he chooses is filled with gore, psychopaths and cynicism. If this were a movie it would deserve an R rating; approach with caution.
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This is the latest tale of the failed suicide, ex-cop, and hard boiled private detective, Dick Moonlight. Carrying the bullet in his head with which he tried to off himself, Moonlight's fatalistic streak suits this plot to a tee. The book starts with a woman with a hatchet scarred face (Moonlight can barely look at her), and the novel clips along from there at a great pace. Vincent Zandri has found his voice in this third (or is it fourth?) Dick Moonlight book. Sure, the plot is absurd, the characters are all "over the edge," the cliches abound, and this is about as derivative a work as it can be. And in so being, it's a great roller-coaster ride of a noir mystery.

The final chapters are deliciously creepy, and the ultimate killing is delightfully fulfilling. Well done Mr. Zandri!
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I read this book even after reading all the bad reviews. Sure, the author will never be confused with Twain but I enjoyed the book. I was looking to read something that took my mind away from life. This did the trick.
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I've never read any of Vincent Zandri's books until "Murder by Moonlight". Thanks to a recommendation from Amazon Kindle I can add Zandri to my list of must read authors.

I'm a sucker for a well written detective novel (Thanks to Seth Harwood) and was hooked after the 1st chapter. Richard Moonlight is a wise cracking PI that left me laughing at many of his one liners amply placed thoughout the book. He's the usual tough guy with a sensitive side and I could not help bonding with the character.

Without giving anything away, the story has many turns and twists to it and if your a fan of this genre there are clues here and there that can be fleshed out if you really want to.

The ending has at least 3 twists to it and with each twist a new fact comes to life. Some you can guess, most you can't.

The book moves well and I highly recommend it even if your not a big "who dunnit" fan. Good writing wins the day here.
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The stage is a bucolic small town, pretty, quiet, safe -- then add a hatchet job on a man and wife. Their skulls are cracked, the man is able to get out of bed, pick up the morning paper and make coffee and then drop dead. The wife is barely alive, so much blood, her face cut several times through the skull and down through an eye. When police arrive, the wife is asked who did it, in a dazed state, she says the name of her youngest son, who is promptly arrested.

The woman, after coming to in the hospital, says she does not remember but it could not have been her son. As soon as she is released, she hires Dick Moonlight to prove his innocence. Moonlight has barely survived an attempted suicide and lives with an inoperable bullet in his brain which could move and kill him at any time. Still he functions as a PI and takes the case, not to prove or disprove innocence, though he would like to believe in innocence, but to find the truth.

This is not like a mad dash to the finish but a studied walk, the truth is hard to come by and not pleasant. The PI is determined and manages to retain some belief in humanity. Powerful read and a good mystery.
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I am easy prey for any murder mystery book, but I have read so many of them that my standards are fairly high. Murder by Moonlight, by Vincent Zandri, did not disappoint me. Dick Moonlight, an ex-cop turned private investigator, must solve a grizzly murder. Take it from there, this was a great story that kept me thoroughly entertained.
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