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 chance, and how, in the end, it might all be a matter of the moon....
©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2009 Hachette
Micheal Connelly is one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint; great story that made my commute flyby
This is an interesting book in that there are no 'good guys' in the story. Thieves steal from thieves and then other thieves chase the first thieves. In that sense, I did not find any of the characters particularly likeable.
Connolley does provide some interesting looks into some of the details of how certain crimes might be committed, but the techology he describes in detail is not up to date. For instance, the surveillance cameras one thief uses have to conntected by wires - wireless technology apparently has not made it into his knowledge base.
If you like Connelly you will probably enjoy this book, but it does standout in any way and the ending is not surprising.
If you should be tired of reading stuff about Michael Connelly's favorite detective Harry Bosch, this is a book for you. This is abook about unexpected hero Cassie Black and her counterpart the grim Jack Karch. Both are criminals (at least ex-ditto) and both arouse sympathy (at least to a certain extent) in the reader. It's suspense all the way, and impossible to stop listening to. I would like to see a movie made out if this book. Hats off once more to Michael Connelly.
Slightly just slightly slow start BUT WOW then it hits the road running and packs a punch. And the bad guy, karch, omg you want to reach in and grab him by the throat. Not sure I have come across such a well written bad guy in a long time if ever. He is soooooo bad you are truly not certain if he will be defeated.
It really was a 'page turner' not sure what to call that when you are listening and not really turning pages. You really start to root for Cassie and with every page you are not sure if things will work out. She did 'wrong' things for right, heart wrenching, reasons
I think so, yes. Never listen to LJ previously but I would listen again
Would love a sequel but not sure how Connelly would pull it off. I guess its good to have a stand alone book every now and then!
Void Moon is a story about Cassie Black, an ex-con who decides on a caper after nearly a year of going straight. As expected, the unexpected happens. The rest of the story is almost entirely about the duel between Cassie and Karch, the man who gets after her to recover the stolen money.
The plot is clearly above average; perhaps even above Connelly's usual great plots. The speed is at least at the legal speed limit, and often crosses the limit. Yet it is very easy to understand the story, which is more than I can say for several convoluted action books that I have had the misfortune to read. Connelly develops the characters well. As always in his stories, it's not just "possible" to get into the minds of the players -- it's almost impossible not to. This story also has an emotional mother-child angle, balanced just right.
Connelly's writing style in this book is a little nasty. There are sub-stories within this story, and Connelly almost never reveals the entire sub-story at one go. The effect is to tantalize, tease, frustrate and annoy you to a degree, yet there is equal satisfaction when the pieces finally fall into place. A masterpiece!
I've always loved the Bosch stories, but I think this one was better than almost every Bosch novel. If I have any grudge it is this: Connelly almost literally gripped me by the the trachea just below the larynx, and pinched to narrow the airway to 50%. Till I finished the book I was tense, palpitating, and slightly breathless. Is there such a thing as "too thrilling" at my age? (I am severely on the wrong side of fifty.)
The narrator is excellent.
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.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
My husband, an avowed Michael Connelly fanboy, gave me a hardback copy of this book ten or fifteen years ago, and it has sat on my night table all that time, mostly untouched. He's urged me to read it many times since then, promising that I'd love its strong, plucky and resourceful heroine. I tried to get into the book a couple of times, but for some reason it just didn't work...until I tried this Audible version. I'm glad I finally made the effort to really get into the story; it sure was worth it. Yes, the characters--even the main character--are all criminals. Yes, there's shocking violence, and even at least one scene of blood and gore beyond my normal comfort level. Yes, the author uses many classic, and sometimes cheesily cliched, "heist" story elements. But there are also many instances of very good writing, gradually and artfully revealed surprises, and many twists and sudden turns that I did not see coming. By the time I was 2/3 of the way through, I was completely hooked and had to binge-read, even carrying the hardback copy of the book to my CPR/BLS class today just so I could sneak in a few more paragraphs during the mid-morning break.
The narrator is mostly very good (a little slow at times--try listening at 1.25 if that bothers you). Oddly, though, those few times when I was reading the text while listening, I noticed that he sometimes omits or changes whole words and phrases. Once, I caught a whole omitted sentence, and once (even weirder) a whole phrase the narrator inserted that is not in the original text! Those errors did not alter the tone or plot of the story at all, but....still, it was disturbing. Was the narrator reading from a different or later edition?
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I listened to this audiobook several years ago. The protagonist is not Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller, Terry McCaleb, or Jack McEvoy. She is Cassie Black. The novel is set in Las Vegas. It is an outstanding thriller which I recommend. LJ Ganser does a great job of narration. I wish Connelly would write more standalone novels.The Bosch character in particular has grown stale although Mickey Haller certainly has not.
The story line. It was imaginative and very captivating, I could not put this book down. I felt like it was one of the most suspenseful books by Michael Connelly, even more than most of his Bosch books. I also really liked his character development.
Cassie Black - she was full of flaws but a very interesting and strong person - and very soon after "meeting" her did I want things to go her way.
The whole book. I would love to read a few more books about her - and find out for instance what she was doing and what adventure she was having when Bosch meets her in "The Narrows".
Yes - but I don't want to say because it would spoil the read/listen.
I did not like the voice of the narrator at all. Even though he had good timing and read the story well, the sound of his voice really bothered me and this is the reason I did not give the performance of the book 5 stars.
skydiver, BASE jumper, VERY amateur chef
Yes. I have been a Connelly fan for some time, but this book is outstanding even for him. The book has more twists than Nixon. It is well plotted, very well written, and scary.
The theft scenes.
I did read the book. Audio books are a different experience entirely. Ganser just right for this. His voice just right for both Cassie and the psychopath tracking her.
All the Vegas scenes. Connelly gets Vegas the way he gets LA
It's Michael Connelly. There are lots of good mystery writers, but Connelly is always compelling, never dull. The last four hours got me so spellbound, I dropped everything, lit a fire in the fireplace, and just gave over to it. This is one of his very best. And without even Harry Bosch.
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