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
Although "Void Moon" doesn't contain Harry Bosch -- the hero of most of Connelly's other novels -- it still rocks, showing that Connelly can write anything. In this case he creates a female protagonist, and succeeds in attributing credible behavior and choices to her. I have just finished listening to "Void Moon" for the second time, and I enjoyed it even more than the first time. It employs the risky tactic of revealing the heroine's backstory and motivations a little bit at a time; but Connelly writes so well that the tactic works -- keeping us wondering and paying attention. I recommend "Void Moon" to anyone who loves good, gritty mystery stories.
Although recently released on audio, this book was originally published around 2000. Much of the book takes place in Las Vegas, with a blend of real and fictional references. Having read all of Connelly's Bosch books, I found this a refreshing change. It was more current, and the characters embrace technology rather than fight against it. Good twists and turns, a classic heist story. If you liked the movie Ocean's 11 you will like this.
If you like Michael Connelly, you will love Void Moon. He can tell a story as well as anyone in the business. Usually Connelly's main characters are males involved in law enforcement. In Void Moon, the main character is a female ex con. This is a big change and he not only pulls it off but it is one of his best and that says a lot.
Void Moon is a story within a story within a story within a story. The plot never stops unfolding and refolding since the reader discovers the background a piece at a time through almost the last page. The villain is horrible and the hero has many more faults than heroes usually have. Connelly gives the reader lots to love and lots to hate.
Another can't miss Connelly.
Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.
A little different from the normal Connelly. But a classic. It is a crime thriller which reminded me a lot of James Hadley Chase. Prefect thrills. No disappointments! edge of the seat 70% of the time. Go ahead and choose this one.
Got me hooked from the beginning. Enjoyed the twists and unexpected turns. The storyline was easy to pick up on when I got interrupted. I really didn't want to stop until I reached the end!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I had a hard time putting this one down... it was very engaging and suspenseful and I was always wondering what Cassie would do next.
At the start, I thought it was going to be one kind of story (a woman trying to rebuild her life after jail) but it ended up having a much larger scope than that. Guess I should have known that Connelly wouldn't have made the novel straight-forward.
There are a lot of plot components but they are nicely tied together (full-circle) by the end of the story. The origins and motivations of all the characters are explained.
I liked how the bad guy (well, the baddest guy) was, on one hand, a very bad guy but on the other hand, just wanted what he thought was his due. He even had a couple redeeming features (trying to help a stranger type thing).
And the big change in Cassie in the final scene of the book was believable and redeeming.
There is graphic violence and some swearing but no sex. The narration is good.
One of Connelly's better novels, Void Moon is the intricate story of Cassie Black who has actually taken the fall for Max Freeling, the paranoid manager if a group of cons. Once out of prison, Cassie realizes she is bored with her job at a high-end car dealership. The book is about the cascading events of her life when she makes a poor decision about how to exit the boring into something that gets her adrenaline pumping.
The void moon is a caution from Max to Cassie when attempts to make a final score to set herself up for life. This makes for a quite interesting subplot which really sets the novel apart from other mysteries. It's not often we see astrology used as well as it is here. If you're not a fan of astrology, don't worry. The concept is subtle, but pulls all the scenes together in a big way - beginning to end.
The book contains vibrant characters and we feel sympathetic toward most of them, even Cassie's parole officer. Cassie grows throughout the book and you'll find yourself cheering her on, even when she finds herself in the worst possible situations. You notice yourself whispering to her what to do and for pete's sake what not to do.
There's plenty of suspense and intrigue to keep you reading even when you know you have to get back to work. It's an ideal book for drive time because it keeps you interested from moment to moment. You won't find yourself dropping in and out of the plot due to boring passages. They don't exist in this book.
Ganser does a nice job of reading and the voices are distinct. Overall the performance is credible.
The book is well worth your coin and your time.
I really enjoyed this book. Well written as all Connelly books are. lots of twists and turns.
Another great job by Michael Connelly - you really get under the skin of each character and the attention to detail is amazing. I couldn't put this one down. With this book I have completed all of his novels so now I have to wait until October '10 for his next. Oh... the agony!!!!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
If you like murder/action caper novels... It's hard to fault "Void Moon". Michael Connelly knows craft and process as well as anyone writing today. And like a great engineer, he has a toolkit full of every tool in and for the book. There's just nothing weak. Well, maybe it starts a tad slowly. But the rascals that fill these pages were perfect to tease me into the story.
You want a message? Some life secrets? Read your email or curl up with that old humorist Manny Kant :-) You want a good ensemble cast performed by a master actor... Listen to L.J. Gander tell about "The Void Moon".
even though this may have a predictacble outcome it kept you guessing what would happen next, great depth of characters I really enjoyed this MC book,cannot wait to get into the next one.
Up to his usual stellar standard, if you have only listened to the Bosch or Haller books, give this one off a go, you won't be disappointed. As usual, totally believable characters, excellent plotline - you won't want to turn it off.
"Connelly is Awesome!"
What a great read this book was. After being a massive fan of the Bosch/Haller series this was a great read. I love his one off books he does and wish he would do more.
The story is a great thriller that drops in and out of the past to keep you guessing to what really happened. A great story of a womans determination with some creepy charactors thrown in to boot. Really enjoyed it.
"You Must Give This One A Listen"
This superb one-off thriller rates in my top ten and for lovers of good quality thrillers you can never go far wrong with a Michael Connelly novel anyway. This is absolutely no exception!
Just loved the baddie in this one. He's a very very scary creep and totally relentless!
Slight overtones of 'No Country For Old Men' type of creep. Brilliant Stuff!
Not listened to anything else by this narrator but I'll definitely be on the look-out for him again. Really excellent and just right for this book.
Not a lot to laugh about that's for sure! It is TOTALLY addictive though so be prepared to be glued to it from start to finish.
This is a hugely enjoyable novel with no real unsullied heroes. In fact most of the characters engage in some sort of criminal activity but that all adds to the flavour of this one-off little master-piece. No Mickey or Harry in sight but so what? I was just a little surprised at the ending but really that doesn't detract from what has been a really terrific listen.
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