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Void Moon Paperback – May 1, 2004
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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 --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Usually attempts to vary from an established character (read: meal ticket) fail or at best replicate that character. Not Connelly. No, none of his characters are completely sympathtic, but that's what lends this book it's complexity. It delves into the shades of gray instead of the clearer-cut black-and-white of his Harry Bosch novels.
Connelly's background as a journalist is also on display here as he takes the reader inside the world of Las Vegas thieves, con-artists, and hustlers with versimilitude unparalleled by anything I've read recently. This is clearly a writer who knows his stuff.
The plot moves at a breakneck pace, but is as intricately woven as a Persian rug. His characters leap off the page, and his dialogue is top-notch. This is easily one of Connelly's best works.
My brother works in a bookstore, so he got me an advance copy and I have to tell you, this one really keeps you reading. I finished it in about two days. Although you will figure out some of the details before they are revealed, the book has a lot of great twists and turns. I particularly like the way that the events of the past are slowly revealed to the reader through flashbacks that occur throughout the entire book.
I heartily recommend this book to any Connelly fan, but just to warn you it is not a Harry Bosch story, although it is set in LA.
The things I liked best about Void Moon was the setting (Connelly's desciptions of the operations of the casinos and the heist in the Las Vegas were very vivid), the strong, resourceful and intelligent female character and the overall fast pace of the novel. Although I despised what Jack's character represented, he really added fire, excitement, and thrills to the story. The fact that he was a clever magician and the twist of his fate was vintage Connelly. Buy this one, you'll not be disappointed.
Unfortunaely, for me, "Void Moon" did not meet the standards I have come to expect from Michael Connelly. While his main character, Cassie Black, is considered the protaganist by many, she was, I believe, the least objectionable of a slimy bunch of characters. I suppose one could argue that this is reflective of life in the crime world, but when one hopes for a resolution that exemplifies good over bad in a novel, "Void Moon" does not fit the bill. The plot line was bland and I had a good idea of how the story was going to resolve itself about half way through the novel.
If you are new to Michael Connelly, I would strongly urge to begin with one of his other novels. "Void Moon" is likely to disappoint you and you may end up missing out on some previously excellent work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I skipped over this book in my initial reading of Bosch. I enjoyed the story but found it a bit slow in parts. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bob Marsh
If I have to do this every time I might read some one else.this book was excellent but 19 words. Come on
I want to read ,not write. Read more
The real history of the main characters is pivotal but never fully revealed. The writing is great but the reader is only a spectator.Published 15 days ago by BusyGal
I really enjoy his non bosch books. Sometimes its good to be in the gray areas of crimes and the good reasons used to fuel bad deeds. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rick