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Void Moon is the 9th book from award winning crime author Michael Connelly. It is his third stand alone novel to not feature his favoured character, Harry Bosch.
Cassie Black is a thief. And she has been caught. Having served time in jail, she is released and vows to change her life to go on the straight and narrow. However, she comes across one last job that will set her up fo life, and she'ss never need to rob again. Things aren't always as easy as they seem ,however, as Cassie finds out when things go wrong and she is pursued by a killer who appears to know her every move. Cassie has things in her life she will do anything to protect, and it looks like she's going to have to do just that!
I admired Michael Connelly greatly for this novel. In his previous seven, five have centered around Detective Harry Bosch, and the other two have been stand alone novels with male leads. This is his first foray into the literary world with a female lead, and I feel he does very well in creating a strong compassionate woman who has to pit her wits against some equally devious and dangerous villains.
Connelly's writing is, as ever, effortless reading, which made the story go even faster. There is nothing worse for me than long flowing passgaes of descriptive script where nothing happens for pagea and pages, and then the book ends. Void Moon is a non stop rollercoaster of a tale that I found very hard to put down.
A brave and successful effort from Connelly. Unputdownable!
I rate this book at 4 stars out of 5.
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Life has dealt Cassie Black a very poor hand. Her father simply abandoned the family for the Las Vegas casinos. Attempting to rob a high roller, Max, the love of Cassie's life, plunged from a casino penthouse through a glass ceiling. Through a quirk in Nevada law and the casinos' desire to make an example of someone, Cassie, an accomplice in the attempted robbery, was convicted of manslaughter in Max's death. Now on parole, Cassie is trying to stay straight and live with the torments of her past. Ultimately, she fails and agrees to rob another high roller at the same casino where Max died. But the mark turns out to be a Mob bagman, and Cassie is soon on the run from a psychopathic pit bull of a private eye employed by the casino. Cassie is damaged but tough and resilient--a wonderfully engaging character. Jack Karch, the pit bull, is not only a chilling sicko, he's also an incredibly skilled investigator. Casino boss Victor Grimaldi is spectacularly reptilian. Lesser characters are very finely drawn, too. Connelly really does his homework: Cassie's criminal tradecraft--and the casinos' security systems--will fascinate crime fans. And the pacing of this thriller is as good as you'll find in the genre. Void Moon offers readers a full house of entertainment. Bet on it.
Cassie Black has returned to a profession that she thought she had left behind. She used to rob casino gamblers of their winnings. However, the new set-up is too good to ignore, until she comes across a mark with too much money and finds herself on run from a killer. Can she survive and will her most closely guarded secret be exposed? In this novel, Connelly works on the `baited hook` principle. He gives the readers some facts, but not all of them, leaving them guessing as to what has gone on. This would not be at all annoying if it was only done once or twice in the novel, yet here he chooses to do it almost all the way through. This can become rather annoying and you just want him to spit out what happened. His new character, Cassie, is interesting, as she is a criminal heroine with whom we can all sympathise greatly. She seems to have the potential to pop up again in other novels, perhaps in a cameo role more than anything else, but I do not know if she could support another whole novel based around her. Connelly chose a strange title for his novel and one whose significance is not really understood until you get further into the novel. I have to say that I had never heard of a void moon before reading this book. Overall, it is an interesting read but I do not really feel that it has anything in it to make it stand out from the crowd. When you consider that Connelly has written superb novels such as `Blood Work` and `The Poet`, as well as his highly acclaimed Bosch series (of which I have never read any), `Void Moon` comes at the bottom of his achievement list. Nevertheless, it is brave that he is still trying to branch out, rather than being stuck in the rut of a single series. If you are a fan, this is worth a read. If you are not a fan, either read the paperback or get it from the library. There are better books by this author around and as such, it is not a true representation of his talent
In this latest offering from Michael Connolly (who you ask? surely you've heard of him by now!), we are introduced to a new character in the shape of Cassie Black. She is an ex-thief who has just been released from jail and is now determined to make a change this time around and stick to the straight and narrow so to speak. Just in case you've been living in a cave for the last few years i'll give you a quick background on Michael Connelly. Before turning his pen to crime novels he was a police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, explaining his obsession with basing all of his novels in and around LA. He has to date won the Edgar award, the Nero Wolfe prize and the Anthony award for his work. Although a recognised author in the US he is onlt just starting to break through into the UK market. "Void Moon" is a bit of a departure for Connelly, as his previous books have mostly been centred on his LAPD detective Harry Bosch, whilst other books such as "The Poet" and "Blood Work" are really of a fairly similar vein but revolve around a different (always male) detective chasing serial killers. He was seen to be taking a risk with this one by deviating from his expected characters, but it does go to prove his adaptability in writing. "Void Moon" is slightly different from his previous novels as it focuses more from the point of view of the criminal rather than that of the police detective. It is also Connelly's first book with a female lead character. • Plot (Briefly - No spoliers I promise!) Cassie Black was sent to jail previously as an accomplice in the robberies from casino gamblers. Now that she is out she is trying to build a normal. straight life for herself, but it gradullay starts to be pulled away from her. Then one night she has to return to the casino where she was previously caught and subsequently sent to jail. This time she returns al
one on a job that could potentially set her up for good. She tells herself that just one last job was all she would need then it will all be behind her for good ... Cassie has many secrets to hide and she will need all her courage and wits to get out alive from this one without engangering herslef, her friends or her secrets. • Verdict In "Void Moon", Michael Connolly has created a wonderfully strong, compassionate and resourceful character in Cassie Black. On the flipside to this he has also dreamed up some extremely devious and dangerous adverseries to pit her against. The book moves at a quick pace and keeps throwing the odd spanner into the works just when you think you have worked it all out. It isn't a masterpiece but it is an accomplished and very enjoyable read. It can be a little predictable in places, with one or two of the scenarios seeming a touch over the top, but overall it is a good read and makes a change away from his more mainstay (male) characters. If you enjoy this book then I would strongly recommend that you try some of these others novels by the same author: - The Poet - Blood Work - The Concrete Blonde - Angels Flight I would particularly recommend his previous novels "The Poet" and "Blood Work" if you enjoy the Thomas Harris novels featuring Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. They are quite similar in the type of subject and the sense of the chase you experience. Where I think they beat Harris hands down is in the style and strength of the characterisations. Very believable and the you WILL find yourself getting engrossed in these books believe me! Michael Connelly is not as widely known as Thomas Harris (due mostly to the Silence of the Lambs film) but from his work to date he stands out as a more consistent writer. It can only be a matter of time before someone snaps up one of his
works for film adaptation. "Void Moon" is a good example of this as it is not overly complex in its plot but is still inticate enough to satisfy the regular reader as well the curious dabbler. The one point I will make is that those of you that have read the excellent "Angels Flight" will be a bit disappointed by this one. No it isn't as cleverly done but it is a different style of novel from a different persepective. you have to praise Connelly for daring to break the mould here. Publisher: Orion Paperbacks ISBN: 0752837168 RRP: £5.99 Also worth checking out is his website at www.MichaelConnelly.com which will give you further background into this excellent author and his work to date. Definately worth checking out.
Cassie Black returns to robbing casinos, lured by a set up that seems too good to be true. However, perhaps she has bitten off more than she can chew.