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!
When Lee Child and Dick Hill collaborate, you know you're in for a wild ride with Reacher! While there is always plenty of action, and often violent reaction from Reacher, you also get a full measure of his philosophy of justice and doing what he believes is the right thing.
Once again we are thrown for several loops while following Reacher as he moves back and forth between the smug (and treacherous) military brass at the Pentagon and a small town police chief in Mississippi, who turns out to be a smart, cunning, and stunningly beautiful mid-30's woman who can handle not only the locals, but Reacher, too. And then there is the intrigue of the secret goings-ons at the local military base. And after Reacher's original military assignment is finally complete, it isn't over till he really gets to the bottom of several murders, and nails the evil doers, Reacher style.
Author Child is equally adept at portraying powerful military figures and powerless small town locals, and loves to give you long descriptive passages in great detail that give you the feeling of really being there with Reacher and giving insight that helps you understand what Reacher is all about. Yes, all that description takes a lot of time to tell, but I find it makes for an absorbing adventure. Be patient, and you will be rewarded!
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