This novel veers off the familiar path - no appearances by the typical cast members - Terry McCaleb, Rachel Walling, Mickey Haller or Harry Bosch. And it's not about law enforcement or really even a detective mystery. Instead it's a thriller focused on a good bad guy and a bad bad guy.
As the plot moves forward in time, the reader is left with numerous gaps in the storytelling - those mysteries develop and get historical details filled in later in the story.
A Michael Connelly book without Harry Bosch or Terry McCaleb? Yep, and guess what? It's possibly one of his best. Here we have a 'criminal' you'll find yourself rooting for. Cassie Black has a couple of agendas driving her and it won't take long for you to decide that even if both are 'criminal' they are at least 'the lesser of two evils'. Great procedural combined with gut-wrenching emotionality.
Although this is not a Bosch novel, it's still an exciting, yet introspective thriller. I have to warn you--if you're a mom, you'll bawl through the ending. Also, like Connelly's other books you might want to avoid it if you are very sensitive to violence and bad language
Mickey Haller, Harry Bosch, you don't need to move over for this one--moves very slow, after 100+ pages it just hadn't gotten anywhere, it took too many pages just to describe the tools she needed for the job, not interesting at all, too many pages filled with descriptions that just weren't interesting and just took up pages. I like Connelly but this one was just boring
An exciting read and a little different than the usual from Connelly, in that the main character is a woman, and not only that, but she is a thief! I found myself routing for her all the way! Good read!
Great read. Michael Connelly creates vivid characters and gives such detail to their actions. Void Moon follows the trail of a female cat burglar and the pursuit of her latest crime. The setting is Las Vegas. The details of casino security features, con games, tricks of slight of hand and a kidnapping all blend to keep the reading guessing and in this book actually cheering for the theif.
Void Moon traces the path of Cassie Black, a gifted thief who struggles with the temptation of "outlaw juice" (the burning desire to live the fast life of crime and payoffs) even while she regularly attends her probation meetings. It's not that hawking Porsches to newly flush young Hollywood males isn't satisfying, but... well, it isn't. After years away, she returns to her old striking grounds in Las Vegas for one last big mark hoping to pave her way into a new life. But Cassie discovers that her old Las Vegas is a new town with a new skyline and new (and more deadly) bad guys; it is also a place haunted by the ghost of her lover-partner Max. When her take proves to be 10 times larger than she imagined, her road to freedom runs afoul of the Mob while a morally questionable--and openly vicious--PI sniffs her trail.
This is a departure from the genre of the always entertaining and engrossing Harry Bosch series, yet may be one of his best works. Written from the female protaganist's perspective, the plot is tense rather than terse, packed with Connelly's humor, attention to detail and unrelenting pace and suspense. Cassie is a formidable and complete women who doesn't need super powers of martial arts, firearms skills or other silly devices to achieve heroism. Highly recommended!
Cassie Black is lured back to a profession shed left behindrobbing casino gamblers of their winningsby a setup that looks too good to pass up. Her work goes as planned, except that the mark has too much money, so much that someone very powerful must be very angry. Cassie soon finds herself running from gunmen who somehow know her every move in advance. They also seem to be closing in on Cassies most closely guarded secret, the one thing that could have caused her to return to crime, and the one thing she will do anything to protect. Written with the fiery pace and brilliant plotting that have made bestsellers of Angels Flight and Blood Work, and featuring one of the strongest heroines to come along in years, Void Moon is Michael Connellys most original and surprising novel yet.
I became a big Connelly fan when I read The Lincoln Lawyer. This is more typical of his established style, involving a woman ex-con who returns to her life of Los Vegas casino robbery. Well-written with an excellent plot and strong characters.
Cassie Black has never looked back. She walked away from her life as a criminal after one disatrous night that left the man closest to her dead and her life in a shambles. Now whe's thriving at a job selling Porches. Through everything, evern her darkest moments she's been able to keep going holding on to one perfect thing, her perfect secret, dearer to her than life itself. When her secret is threatedned, Cassie tosses her new life away and goes back to her old line of work. Her trade was robbing casino gmblers - and she was the best. Now it's the only way she can make fast money and then make things right. She quickly lines up a mark, a man who's been winning steadily. The job goes smoothly untill she opens his briefcase, and discovers a world of trouble she never dreamed of.
This is a stand alone novel, but with Michael Connelly, you never know when a stand alone will become part of a series! The locale is typical Bosch territory (Los Angeles and Las Vegas), but no characters from other Connelly novels are involved in this one. The main character is a 20's female.
in l.a. cassie black is another beautiful woman in a porsche.except cassie just did 6 years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowinf in her veins. between cassie and the man hunting her are a few secrets.
After six years in prison, Casie Black is tempted back into her old proffesion- gambling, but the perfect heist goes down all wrong and suddenly Cassie is on the run- with a pychotic vegas "fixer" killing eveyone who had anything to do with the job.
First non-Harry Bosch book I have read. Connelly really put a great story together. I didn't want to put the book down. Being well acquainted with both the L.A. area and Las Vegas, everything he described (except the Cleopatra) was spot on. Although on reflection, the story was entirely fiction, it was satisfying enough to keep the reader interested.