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
Once again a grate book from Connelly
And with Ganser as narrator it just has to be good..
Good story and well written, keeps the suspense to the end..
... The narrator was probably the main culprit. I don't get it - I really enjoy Michael Connelly's stories, but some of the narrators chosen for his books are simply awful (and many reviewers have commented on this) and spoil the story. With a big name like his he should be able yo get the best narrators - who chooses them???? Anyway, I would have given up after the first few hours if it hadn't been a Connelly book - I had hoped it would finally come to life. But It never quite did! The storyline is actually very interesting and clever but the narrator really killed this one for me, and the description of the details of the caper are tedious, and in the end i really could't care less what happened to the characters.
I have a very long drive every day and this book made it seem like 15 minutes each way. The narrarator was excellent and the book clearly written with great build and flow. The descriptions of Vegas and LA were spot on and accurate (I work in LA where some of the story took place). I was sorry it was over tonight. I need another great listen. Connelly is a new favorite of mine!
Michael Connelly writes an interseting tale and develops excellent characters and dialog which is very different than the Bosch books.
This book was written in late 1990's (published 2000) and the book's reference to technology was state of the art at the time of the writing. Regardless of this, I still found the theft techniques pretty cool!
The story moved along and held my attention til the end. The story is a bit of a tragedy and you will not have a happy feeling of hero riding off in the sunset in the end.
While somethings in the plot were could be predicted, it was a great listen. The characters were fully developed and you could almost smell the scenes painted by the author. I'll be reading lost more from this author
It was a kind of funny to have a mix of crime & astrology theme in one book, but it worked well. Characters that are believable, excellent narration. Connelly in his best.
I know Cassie Black has turned up in the Bosch series. I really enjoyed this book and I would be thrilled if Michael Connelly turned Cassie Black into a series. I feel that she is a great character with many different sides to her. I'd love to see him fill in the gaps of her life from this book to when she turns up in the Bosch series.
I guess this is a picky criticism, but I was astounded to see Connelly and his editors make a mistake so fundamental that I now must question other 'facts' in his novels. He calls the two towers of the Egyptian-themed casino 'Cleopatra' "Tigris and Euphrates". I first thought there would be some explanation for confusing two rivers in Mesopotamia with some sort of Egyptian connection, but there wasn't. So I must conclude that neither Connelly nor anyone else who read this before it went to press recognized an error that any reasonably well-educated 8th grader would spot. But for this, I would have given it 5 stars. Good plot, good characters and very good narrator--much better than the guy who does the Bosch books I've listened to.
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