Void Moon Library Edition Author:Michael Connelly There seems to be an unspoken rule among mystery writers that once the author has created a successful character, the obligation to fans demands regular installments in the hero's life history, whatever the author's literary aspirations. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was famously unsuccessful at killing off Sherlock Holmes and resurrected his detective... more » in response to public outcry. Michael Connelly's police procedural series featuring Harry Bosch has garnered numerous top mystery awards, including the coveted Edgar. But, strangely, it is his deviations from Bosch, including The Poet and Blood Work, that have drawn the biggest readerships--and have won awards of their own to boot (The Poet was honored with the 1997 Anthony Award). Now, once again, Connelly follows up the success of a Bosch book, Angels Flight, with a non-series tale that pushes Connelly's already impressive body of work into new territory.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.With its attractive central character, meticulous plot, and glitzy packaging, Void Moon seems perfectly poised for the New York Times bestsellers list. That is not to say, however, that Connelly has "dumbed down" his usual presentation. The novel displays Connelly's stunning ability to breathe reality into his fiction with the subtle details that can only come from careful research and his years of experience reporting on crime for the L.A. Times. What other author has so lovingly described the aftermath of crime? The jail sentence, recidivism, thenumbing visits to the parole officer where "she held the plastic cup she would have to squat over and fill while an office trainee, dubbed the wizard because of the nature of her monitoring duty, watched to make sure it was her own urine going into the container." While we Connelly fans are always eager to read the next Bosch, once again we're not disappointed with Connelly's "vacation." --Patrick O'Kelley« less
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.
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.
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