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Void Moon

Written by: Michael Connelly
Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

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

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  • Snoodely
  • 2009-09-26

Connelly rules!

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.

64 of 66 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill
  • 2009-09-13

Not Bosch, but good!

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.

44 of 47 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan
  • 2010-01-12

Must read story

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.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Rajesh
  • 2009-11-20

James Hadley Chase

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.

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  • Holly Helscher
  • 2012-04-07

No Void Here

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.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • 2009-12-22

Another great Connelly audiobook...

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!

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  • Dreg Smorgham
  • 2018-08-31

Excellent ‘Perils of Pauline’ remix

Starts out slowly, but engagingly.
Once momentum builds, it is a page burner.
The narration is spot on.

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  • Eric G. Pollinger
  • 2010-06-17

Left me wanting more

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!!!!

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  • Stephen
  • 2010-01-13

no good guys

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.

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  • Ted
  • 2015-09-17

Just A Very Good Story Well Told

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".

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