I love Connelly's work because it is always easy to read, the characters are easy to learn and the time flies by. I often listen while driving or running and I can always count on a Connelly book to hold my interest and entertain. Void Moon certainly does this.
I am a Michael Connelly fan and while I found this book an easy read like most of his writing, the storyline just did not grab me as much as some of his other works.
The plot involves a woman who gets out of jail for a "cat burglary" in which the love of her life died - and she decides to do one last job so she can start a new life with... (I will leave that plot line for you to find)
The narration was great - clear and characters were distinctive - but the story was just not as good as a normal Connelly that keeps me wanting to come back to finish the book. For some reason, I just did not connect with the characters in the way I have done with other books. The technical details of surveillance equipment was plausible but there were a couple of areas of the plot where it stretched the imagination a little... and it did not flow and just did not ring true.
I gave it four stars (just) because it is still a good read and will not really disappoint Connelly fans.
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to just about all of Connelly's books, especially on frequent long trips I take. The miles just glide by as I get engrossed in another of Connelly's thrillers. His Harry (Heironymous) Bosch collection are my absolute favorite, with Mickey Haller, ace attorney and smart ass, as a close second. VOID MOON, however, stars a different character, a convicted felon, Cassie Black. She is a smart, likeable, bad girl who has spent much of her recent life looking for thrills attainable only through pulling off rip-offs or scams of rich men. Connelly has mastered writing about flawed characters who are nevertheless very likeable. Bosch, Haller, and Black all fall into that catagory, though Cassie Black certainly leads the pack in outright dishonesty. You root for Bosch and Haller because they are basically decent and are dedicated to their police and attorney professions. Cassie Black falls outside the bounds of common morality. She knows she is doing wrong, yet her reasoning is one most of us can accept, or at least tolerate: she only rips off deserving filthy rich guys. And her heart is in the right place as she also deals with a family situation that I won't say any more about (so as not to give away its significance.) Suffice it to say that Connelly puts her through her illegal paces and involves her with a brilliant accomplice or two along the way, making for an enjoyable listen over many twisting and turning hours. You gotta root for her in spite of what she is doing! We all love capers to some extent, and this is one of the best. Connolly has done it right, again!
Didn't read the print version but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Couldn't be worse.
Void Moon is not your typical book nor is the main character a typical character. First of all, she is a known thief and con artist so would not be thought of as a hero and yet, if she is not a hero, she becomes one. No book for comparison immediately comes to mind.
I really like both Len Cariou and Dick Hill so I was not familiar with L. J. Ganser. However, I kept an open mind and was not disappointed. While I can easily remember the title of the book and author, the narrator's name is not so memorable. But when I just looked him up while writing this, his voice was once again very familiar so I will try to remember him in the future. He grew on me.
I think when Cassie was talking to Jack toward the end and he was telling her the history about Max, I really felt for her. But I drew my own conclusion in the end, as must have Cassie, that Jack was not telling the truth. Also, her relationship with Max was very moving -- apparently two lost souls who found each other, only to lose each other again.
A book by the Harry Bosch author with no Harry Bosch? I was reserved before reading this book as I couldn't imagine better characters than Harry Bosch, Jack McAvoy, Mickey Haller and Terry McCaleb, but he's done it again! Loved Cassie like his others! Keep 'em coming!
33 year-old pharmacist, organic chemist and musician.
You'd think Connelly has enough bread and butter by now to create new characters like Cassie Black and write novels he wants to write, just like Void Moon. It shows Connelly poured his soul into this one, but I guess it didn't sell as good as any Harry Bosch novel.
Well anyway, Void Moon very good storyline with some tasteful flashbacks, excellent strong characters, lively scenes, intense suspense, non-traditional bittersweet ending. I was susprised with this narrator too, his style fit the story quite well. All in all, a very good book. If you like Connelly but want to try something different than Bosch, than try Void Moon or Chasing the Dime.
I confess the majority of Michael Connelly's books I downloaded from the local library. It's amazing how generous his contribution is to free public access to his audio collection. I must also confess that crime novels aren't my first, second, of third choice of genres to read, but in between great historical fiction novels like Michael Connelly's The Pillars of the Earth series, his crime novels are still a lot of fun. The difference is, a year from now I'll barely remember the story and it will have had virtually zero impact on me - purely entertainment, whereas I'll remember The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End for a long time. They educated as well as entertained, and as such, had a measureable impact on my life. In other words, if you haven't read Pillars of the Earth, forget this book. You can always come back to it later.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is a terrific plot and is nearly ruined completely by a horrible, boring narration. There are so many readers out there that are much better. Too bad one wasn't used for this book.
I really like the bosch character and thought I would give this one a try. I just don't think that it was up to par or that rivoting, ok story with very little suspense, you could figure out what was going to happen way before the story got there.
I've listened to all the Bosch books and wanted to try this as Bosch was becoming too formulaic. I really enjoyed this change of pace.