Void Moon Hardcover – December 7, 1999
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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
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"Void Moon" is an interesting departure, weaving a complex plot chock full of nothing but antiheroes and double dealing.
It is fast paced, descriptive, and keeps you guessing right up to the final plot twist. However, the incessant detailing of every item of the main characters' activities quickly becomes too precious and boring. Simplify, simplify, simplify, please. Not many of us purchase books by the word count.
The prime character, Cassie Black is a mid-twenties parolee. Black is paroled from High Desert Corrections five years into a 12-year sentence for manslaughter. She spends her days at a dealership selling Porches but longs for the exciting challenges of her previous life of planning and executing major burglaries. She is soon lured back into the business by an old friend, succumbing to the temptation with the promise of big money that will provide her an opportunity to exit the country with a loved one.
The novel takes place in L. A. and Las Vegas. Cassie is a charming, intelligent and lovable character who you will fall in love with.
Connelly drags the first half of the story through page after page of boring and deadly dull detailed narration with little personalizing dialogue. The last half is way more energizing providing a compelling story of stimulating adventure with page-turning excitement.
I did not feel this stand-alone novel was up to Connelly's high standards. It felt more like he was rushing to get something on the market.
Never-the-less, with a 3 out of 5 rating, it still makes for good reading.
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However there are many familiar elements that fans of Connelly's other novels will recognise & expect: (1) it is set in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, (2) it has a clever and intricate plot, (3) it has some terrific, if not particularly lovable, characters, (4) themes relating to the importance of truth and justice & (5) numerous twists and turns in the plot and, as it unfolds, pacing & tension that become almost unbearable as the story hurtles towards a dramatic climax.
So, if you decide to read this novel (and I would certainly recommend it to you if you enjoy crime thrillers) do not be put off by its rather slow start. I had thought of giving up on it when I was about a quarter of the way through but I am glad I didn't because shortly after this mark the pace and tension ratchets up considerably ... and then doesn't let up until the end. In short, this is another terrific crime thriller from the master storyteller, Michael Connelly.
This novel has many similarities. Cassie Black is working for a Porsche dealership in LA, having been released from prison on parole. She had been inside for her part in a series of audacious burglaries in Las Vegas in which she and her late partner Max had identified successful high stakes gamblers at the large casinos and then broken into their hotel rooms to steal their winnings. Now she is out and trying to go straight, but still dreaming of one last big job that could set her up for life. Max’s half-brother Leo contacts her, thinking that he may have just such a job for her. Cassie havers but takes the job on, only to find herself in the same position as Charley Varrick, having netted a huge amount more than anticipated, and worrying to whom it really belongs.
This was the first of Michael Connelly’s books to feature a female protagonist and also the first in which the central character is a criminal rather than working for law enforcement. It is written with his customary tautness – just as gripping as ever, with a fine attention to detail that stops short of being intrusive or tedious. Cassie Black is an engaging and immensely plausible character. Like all of Connelly’s characters, she has her flaws, too, which simply lends to the credibility of the story.
Very entertaining, and immediately gripping.
Though written a dozen years ago, this story still packs a punch in the shape of Cassie Black, sometime Casino thief, lover of another such, Max, and ex-con for both the previous reasons.
She has a plan, one which you know will never work but Cassie is determined to see it down to the last hurrah. She appears to be a high-tech roller which is where, for me, I part company with the 5th star award. There is just too much infuriatingly involved detailing of all the gadgets she has and needs to pull off this one-time heist. Further, it gets worse when the author also details how she uses them to break in, break out, do the job and flee. Pity, then that such an accomplished expert leaves behind an obvious clue.
And it is this clue which starts a trail, soon to be sniffed out by one, Jack Karch, psychopath, amateur magician and generally an all round decidedly bad egg with an eye to gaining a big promotion with his overbearing boss. Unfortunately, with a little help from the author, he's soon on to Cassie leading to an explanation of Cassie's plan, Cassie's dilemna as to whether she can carry it out to the end and a finale which will, ultimately determine whether she can anyway.
A good story, good characters, just too much detail in parts.
been in a damp atmosphere. It took quite an effort, on my part, to bring it back to useable. So better luck
Wonderfully written, highly recommended
Buy it. You will not regret it! I was sorry when the story ended.