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Void Moon

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  9,336 ratings  ·  389 reviews
Michael Connelly is well known as the author of the Harry Bosch series (THE BLACK ECHO, THE BLACK ICE, THE CONCRETE BLONDE, THE LAST COYOTE, TRUNK MUSIC, and ANGELS FLIGHT). Although that is a popular and successful series, Connelly occasionally departs from chronicling Bosch's adventures to tell different types of stories, such as 1995's THE POET, about a serial killer wh...more
Published September 1st 2009 by Haachette Audio (first published 1999)
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As we all know by now, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Unless what happened is that you’re a professional thief and your lover/partner-in-crime gets caught trying rip to off a high roller in a hotel penthouse and ends up flying out the window, crashes through an atrium over the casino and lands on a craps table in front of you. If that occurs, then everyone will know your business, you’ll be leaving Vegas quicker than Sheryl Crow, and your transportation will be a prison bus.

Cassie Black a...more
Dusty Craine
A great story with an unlikely hero. Like I've seen mentioned a dozen times here, there are no good guys in this story. This is a story of criminals moving in a the criminal life. The best character to hang your allegiances with is your story's central character Cassie Black. Cassie is an ex-con, ex-burglar who goes straight for a while and finds she just can't live that life. She decides to pull one last heist and disappear. But when things go sideways she finds herself stuck between where the...more
Ângela Costa
Fiquei indecisa entre as 4 ou 5*...O livro é muito bom, prendeu-me da primeira até à ultima página. Recomendo ;)Michael Connelly é realmente um excelente escritor!
Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. The last two hours are edge of your seat. Great character development and outthinking each other. Excellent ending.

Cassie was in prison. She has been out on parole for 10 months. She works for a Porsche dealership selling cars. She is unsettled about something and wants to do another burglary job. She contacts her former buddy Leo who says he has a job needing someone like her - to steal money from a hotel room safe while the mark sleeps. The mark is a gambler in Las Vegas...more
Tony Gleeson
This one is a stand-alone Connelly novel featuring a totally new character, female cat burglar extraordinaire Cassie Black. Out of prison, burdened with psychological baggage, haunted by demons, she jumps parole in Los Angeles for one last big score in Las Vegas. An audacious caper if there ever was one, it's described in almost excruciatingly suspenseful detail. There's also an unsuspected death thrown in to raise the stakes. The story turns into a different kind of procedural: a cat-and-mouse...more
I am a big Michael Connelly fan and wondered how I had missed this book. Well, perhaps it's because it isn't up to his usual standards.

Written in 2000, it describes the efforts of a Las Vegas thief and parolee, Cassie Black, to raise enough money to kidnap her natural daughter and take off for Tahiti.

It starts slow and then slows down. It finally picks up the pace about 150 pages in and in the last 40 pages moves very quickly to tie up all the loose ends. The ending is not very satisfying but s...more
Deana M
Out of all the Michael Connelly books I have read up to this point, this has been my least favorite so far. I had a hard time getting in to it, but once I did it was a pretty fast read. There really is no good guy/bad guy in this book. All the chracters are from the wrong side of the law, but out of those there is one character that makes you root for them~and that is Cassie Black. When Jack Karsh enters the scene, the book gets a little graphic and a lot bloody. I am all for mystery/good-guy/ba...more
I am a big fan of Michael Connelly, but this is not his best work. The main character in this book is Cassie Black, not one of his series characters. She had a bad childhood in Las Vegas and ends up getting a job as a dealer. Vegas is not as bad for people who live there as Connelly portrays it. He definitely prefers LA to Vegas! She is tired of that life and gets herself involved with a small time thief. They have a relationship until he is killed in the course of pulling a job. She is convicte...more
Pretty much everything about this Michael Connelly was a pleasant surprise.

Especially the following:

1) Female protagonist -- It turns out that Connelly writes troubled female charcaters almosta s well as he writes grizzled old cop characters.

2) This one is not a police procedural. It's a straight-up crime novel. It's the kind of thing that Elmore Leonard used to do so well.

3) Bad-ass antagonist -- The character of Karch is written so well, so fully realized, so definitively created that he bec...more
Another good Connelly novel. As I read, I felt as if I was uncovering the plot, peeking inside just as Michael Connelly intended. The main character, Cassie Black was a complex woman -- beautiful, cunning, yet vulnerable. The excitement of stealing from Vegas "fat cats" thrilled her, but she was ready to change. After what was to be her final heist, she was sought by a psychotic killer, Jack Karch, working to retrieve the fortune Cassie had not expected to steal.

The final half of the book is a...more
This is one of Michael Connolly's stand-alones and in my opinion one of his best books. The female protagonist, Cassie Black, completely won me over, even though she's an ex-con and planning another casino heist in Las Vegas. She's got her reasons.

Connolly shows her preparations in great detail. She wants, needs and expects it to be a perfect heist. Wrong-O, Cassie.

Cassie hits the road to escape the psycho Vegas "fixer" sent after her by the mob. Strangely, or perhaps craftily, Connolly imbues...more
Scott Bagley
I tried this one before and it didn't work for me. Glad I stuck with it this time, it was good. Not great, not Connelly's best, but good and worth a read.

This book is a slow burn, but all the set up makes for solid characters and a pretty good payoff at the end when I really didn't know which way it would go. It's cool to see Connelly write on the bad guy end of things, and the switching of POV in the book keeps the reader guessing.
Mike Tueros
Void Moon is a quick read, and is a stand alone novel from one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly. Through the years, Connelly has earned my trust with smart writing, excellent mysteries and characters that draw you in like a strong magnet; and it is for these reasons, that I decided to finally try Void Moon. The story revolves around Cassie Black, a former thief who is out on parole and working in Los Angeles at a Porsche dealership. She suspiciously is interested in a house in Laurel Can...more
I am a huge fan of the Harry Bosch novels but this is my favorite Michael Connelly book. My guess is that there is a freedom when creating a character for a stand alone story that a writer would not have with a recurring character like Bosch. It's like driving a rental versus getting behind the wheel of the car that gets you aroud day after day. I enjoyed the ride.
Jun 22, 2011 Bambola marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Just couldn't get into this. Didn't like the main character or her background and after a few chapters I really couldn't care what happened to her. Too many other books to read to persevere with this one.
Never heard of this author or read his work until now on audiobook. I saw a poll on Goodreads with his name listed for Ted Dekker's work to be similar to a number of relatable authors. However, so far, I do not see the similarity with this author.

I like thrillers and this author writes just that. Even though this is the first book I am listening to, I do not care for it at all. Hard to really get into it and say I like it. I hope to find a read by the author that I can rave about or see such com...more
"Void Moon" is one of the best "Vegas heist gone south" thrillers you'll ever read. Ex-con Cassie Black needs one last big score to start a new life. An old friend arranges a job, and it goes horribly wrong. Connelly does a great job of describing technical details without sounding like he's copying them from a textbook. The characters, including the psychopathic hit man, are fully realized. "Void Moon" has several secrets it hints it and reveals at the perfect moments. I read one of Connelly's...more
O.K. but not Harry Bosch .
Joe White

This is an earlier Michael Connelly suspense fiction work published in 2000. For myself it was an action based book that was designed to draw the reader forward as fast as possible in the search for "What's Next - the other shoe is about to drop".

The main character is Cassie Black who possesses the attributes of being a very skillful high-tech break-in thief specializing in preying on "whale" type players from casinos. Her attributes are strength, good looks, self assurance, technical surveillan...more
Connelly is the excellent creator of the Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch series of police procedurals. His latest works have been a little different. A Darkness More than Night brings together two characters, Bosch and McCaleb (another Connelly character) in a story that pits one against the other, and this one that has neither. It concerns Cassie Black, ex-con on parole, who works at a car dealership in Los Angeles. She is haunted by the specter of the death of her lover and father of her child, who d...more
Kara Jorges
Cassie Black has been out of prison for 10 months, after a crime caper gone wrong in Las Vegas left her lover dead and saw her behind bars for five years. Cassie now sells Porches at a Hollywood dealership and does surveillance on a five-year-old girl at her home and school nearby. When the little girl’s home goes up for sale and Cassie finds out her family is moving to Paris, she sets a plan in motion that unleashes a violent chain of events.

Cassie calls an old contact from her days as a thief...more
In Void Moon Connelly takes a break from the Harry Bosch stories and introduces a new character, a professional thief named Cassie Black. Black is sexy, smart and very good at picking locks. Currently, she is on parole in Los Angeles working at a high end car dealership where her specialty is selling cars to up and coming script writers. Black was convicted for being involved in the crime that caused the death of her partner in crime (and in romance) several years earlier in Las Vegas (apparent...more

This is a standalone title, not one of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels, and it's an out-and-out suspenser rather than a mystery or a psychological thriller. Years ago Cassie Black acted in collaboration with her lover Max Freeling to rob Vegas casinos, until one terrible night when they were caught and Max was killed. Now on probation after serving her time in jail, Cassie dreams of the day she'll be able to reclaim -- or steal -- her and Max's daughter Jodie from the child's adoptive parents and...more
Not a Bosch story - but intriguing, suspenseful thriller!

We're fairly new to Michael Connelly, having read only his detective Harry Bosch series entry "City of Bones" prior to "Moon". While his popular leading man Bosch is absent from this story, a compelling plot and an enjoyable villainess/protagonist made for a highly enjoyable novel. Cassie Black is an ex-con, in jail for cat burgling and accessory to murder, but is now out on parole and selling Porsche's no less. When she starts to get rest...more
A fast-moving, page-turning thriller, but not one of my favorite Connelly stories, and very much not one of my favorite characters. The heroine was just another amoral, unsympathetic petty criminal and to root for her success was like cheering for the curb over the gutter--not much difference, no good guys, no one even likable, just vile crooks and even viler crooks. The complexity of the story and the badder bad guys's dependence on "synchronicity" made the story seem more like Mission Impossib...more
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I really enjoyed Void Moon. I like all the Michael Connelly books that I have read so far (a lot of them) but it was refreshing to read one that is independent from the Harry Bosch, Terry McCaleb and Mickey Haller franchises - at times they just seem a little too clever.

There are only two key characters in Void Moon and both are very well developed through the story. The supporting cast is there and credible but clearly there to drive the interaction between Cassie and Jack. I'm not fussed at al...more

Possibly my most favorite of all novels set (at least in part) in Las Vegas.

This is not part of Connelly's Harry Bosch pantheon.

The central character is an audacious young female felon, Cassie Black, who lost her true love - a partner in crime - during a LV crime attempt that fails. She had been a casino dealer who meets her love when he sits down at her table one night, scoping out another player as his next crime target.

Now out on parole, Cassie decides to leave the straig...more
This book was amazing for me. The characters, the story line, the plot, the pace, the setting, the emotional attachment, the action and excitement, the mystery, the unfolding of it. It was an incredibly whole-some well rounded experience, and there was not one part that was lacking in the reading of this book.

This story was very well thought out and clever, and for it was also unpredictable and surprising. I don't read many books because I find it hard to find a story I can get into. I usually...more
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache...more
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