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Void Moon [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Connelly
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Jan. 1 2001
New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly writes novels of brilliantly original suspense. In this electrifying tour de force, he takes us into a world of extremes: too much criminality, too much money, and too many ways to die.
In L.A. Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run--with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job. Between Cassie and the man hunting her are a few last secrets: like who really set up the job, why Cassie had to take the change, and how, in the end, it might all be a matter of the moon...

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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No Harry Bosch, just an unlucky lady named Cassie forced into returning to a life of crime to protect a secret.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding Connelly story... June 17 2004
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These books--thrillers, crime novels, whatever you want to the call genre--are often cliche ridden, filled with hollow characters and dialogue, and have all too neat endings. Connelly avoids all of that. He writes exceptionally well and the characters here are fleshed out and vivid. I have not read any of the Harry BOsch novels; sticking only to COnnelly's stand alone works. This is a very interesting story; with a compelling lead character. Connelly writes Cassie as a strong, flawed, and very real woman. Karch is a wonderful foil for her. I wasn't thrilled with the use of the little girl in the climax, but suprising it avoids most cliches. I particularly liked the subtle twists in the last 75 pages. Connelly does not stretch his scenes. He lets them stand on their own power. Another strength...the last chapter. It is not a "neat" ending, but a good one. One note--beware how the publisher is trying to wring every last dollar out of you. Try not to buy the "trade" paperback; the bigger and more expensive one. IS it worth the extra 6 bucks? I don't think so. I hate when they are that transparent in their attempts to make money. Oh, well. That isn't Connelly's fault.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cassie Black- a unique character June 7 2004
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The unique thing about this book is that the main character is a criminal, kind of a "bad guy". BUT- you like her. You sympathize with her, you enjoy her.
Void Moon takes place in Las Vegas and is about Cassie Black, who was recently released from prison and who is now on parole for involuntary manslaughter. The death took place while she and her partner were robbing a man who had just won thousands, only to find that a crime they were veterans at, went awry. Now, struggling between a "normal" life and the fast-paced exciting life of crime is where Cassie finds herself. Then enters an offer to make money she's never known, in a crime that's taylored for her...but the gamble is huge- will she survive or ruin her life trying?
Void Moon is not my favorite of Connelly's, but I certainly enjoyed it. It is fast-paced, and with a setting like Las Vegas, the tapestry is rich and filled with quirky and memorable characters. Definitely be sure to check out other books by Connelly in his Harry Bosch series- including Angels Flight and A Darkness More Than Night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Caper to End All Capers April 9 2004
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From page one, Cassie Black's story intrigues. Connelly masterfully hints at a past that while memorable is also painful and retribution seeking.

Grant you, Connelly does not have the luxury of developing Cassie's character over a series of books as he does in his Harry Bosch novels, but within the 300+ pages, the reader gets a satisfactory portrayal of a woman in transition.

Cassie, an ex-con, works in a Porsche dealership in the L.A. that Connelly uses as a backdrop in most of his novels. The routine of her job combined with her regular parole visits jolt suddenly when she discovers that another far more important and unrevealed portion of her routine will be disrupted. In an instant, the old need for what Connelly describes as "outlaw juice" hits her, and she decides that instead of the quiet life of the reformed thief, she desires nothing more than to go back to her old life of precarious excitement in Las Vegas. She makes the connections she needs with the precision of a Swiss watch, and within days a job is set into motion that places Cassie in the path of Jack Karch, one of Connelly's sleazier villians in an already excellent portfolio of the underworld's sleaziest characterizations.

I'll admit that when the story switches from the third person Cassie Black viewpoint to that of Jack Karch, I was a little disappointed as the direction in which the novel heads becomes easier to track. But Connelly keeps up the pace and I found myself reading page after page until at 3 AM I finished the book and decidedly spent the ensuing day happily sleep deprived.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't Moonstruck, but not disappointed March 6 2004
I never had a problem putting this book down. Sure it reads fast, but it didn't grip me. Though I enjoyed the book, I never found myself looking forward to picking it up and reading it. I never stayed up into the wee hours reading or read instead of doing more constructive activities. One of the literary mechanisms Connelly employs is to drop hints, or character memories or semi-cryptic dialog throughout the book enticing you to read further in order to discover their hidden meaning. I don't remember if he used this device in either The Poet or Blood Work, but in this book I found it tedious and annoying. Maybe I'm just being cranky and overly critical, but it did nothing to entice me to pick up the book and read more or prevent me from putting the book down. Hey, your mileage may vary.
Overall, it was a good read. I've read a lot worse and a lot better, but I am not disappointed that I read this book or feel it was a waste of time. It was worth it just for the ending. Next to revenge plots, I love a triple-double-double-super-duper-double-cross ending. I'd recommend it as good book for a trip or some escapist reading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty basic plot with caricature characters
I wondered if this book had been written by someone else as it was no where near Michael Connolly's standards for his other books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keith Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving till end.
Plot seemed to plod along with preparations and technical details of the heist.
Very little action or suspense until the end.
Unusual for this author.
Published 3 months ago by SaltydogMills
5.0 out of 5 stars Void Moon
Very good read. I wasn't sure at first as I had only seen the main character mentioned in other novels by Michael Connelly. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marilynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Cassie Black takes on the Cuban mafia!
Cassie Black is a thief and an ex-con, currently on parole, working at a car dealership selling Porsches to the heavy wallet brigade in Los Angeles. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2008 by Paul Weiss
2.0 out of 5 stars A-Void
Unless you feel like you have to read every novel by Michael Connelly, this one you can skip.

Void Moon is a crime story that will teach you more than ever wanted to... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2008 by Donald Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars To the place where the desert is the ocean...
"Void Moon" is Michael Connelly's ninth book, and was first published in 2000. It's only his third book not to feature Harry Bosch, giving a starring role to Cassie Black instead. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2008 by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't void this one out
VOID MOON has turned out to be one of my favorite books this summer. This book has all of the tension fans of Connelly have come to expect through the Bosch novels. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars No other book like it!
This book is absolutely his best, and one of the best I have ever read. It will grab you from page one, and hold you to the very end. You'll never guess how this one turns out. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by John H. Nixon
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat anticlimactic
This is a decent read with no real twist. I found myself not wanting to finish the book at times, but did anyway. I would not recommend this book.
Published on April 27 2004 by Winters
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars Good read
Just finished reading this book and I really liked it. Ex con takes an inside job and get more than she bargined for. Las Vegas and lots of trouble. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by C Leonard
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