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Moonlight Falls: Dick Moonlight (Richard "Dick" Moonlight)

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In MOONLIGHT FALLS, novelist and photo journalist Vincent Zandri asks the question "If you knew your life could end at any moment, how far would you go to prove you murdered your lover? " Albany, New York, is the setting of Zandri's paranoid thriller (in the Hitchcock tradition) about Richard "Dick" Moonlight, former APD detective turned private investigator/massage therap ...more
Paperback, 1st, 388 pages
Published July 17th 2013 by StoneGate Ink (first published November 20th 2009)
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Vincent Zandri
Feb 22, 2010 Vincent Zandri rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Let me start off by saying I'm now a fan of Vincent!

I loved this book for so many reasons but I'll start with the main character Moonlight. He was such a well built character that no matter what dastardly deed he did in the story, I found myself still rooting for him.

Now "Moonlight Falls" is categorized as a thriller but I definitely think it can fit into other genres too.

There were so many plot twists and tu
Feb 16, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Directly from my blog:[return][return]Moonlight Falls is a masterfully written mystery novel filled with plenty of twists, turns, and double crosses to keep any mystery and thriller buff satisfied. Four years prior, Moonlight attempted to kill himself, which resulted in a fragment of a bullet left lodged in his brain, seizures and blackouts. He is called in to consult with the police on the suicide of the police chief's wife. A few problems immediately present themselves to Moonlight. He was wit ...more
I'm torn. I enjoyed reading the book. It is engaging, entertaining, and has so much going on that it is easy to get caught up in the suspense and the action. It is a quick read and the language is easily accessible, although I would argue it is too accessible that it read like an elementary school reader with swear words. Author Vincent Zandri weaved the elements of good suspense fiction together to create a solid and plausible story. I could easily see Zandri's novel translate well to the big s ...more
May 29, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Moonlight Falls (Vincent Zandri)

Thrilling suspense novel. Richard "Dick" Moonlight is an ex-cop now private detective/massage therapist. He gets involved with his ex-boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana's wife. He barely makes it out the window of Scarlet Montana's bedroom when she ends up dead. Police are calling it a suicide, but some think homicide and Moonlight is the number one suspect, but did he do it? He questions himself.

What happened four years before affects Moonlights thinking, he
Mar 04, 2010 Kristina rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying I'm now a fan of Vincent!

I loved this book for so many reasons but I'll start with the main character Moonlight. He was such a well built character that no matter what dastardly deed he did in the story, I found myself still rooting for him.

Now "Moonlight Falls" is categorized as a thriller but I definitely think it can fit into other genres too.

There were so many plot twists and turns that Vincent Zandri keeps you on your toes! Murder, dirty cops, affairs, you name it
May 12, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
When any book boasts that it is written in the Hitchcock tradition, it automatically causes me to put some large demands on the story, even before I open the book. "Moonlight Falls" met those expectations and then some! What a brilliant and masterfully written novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed Detective Moonlight's quirkiness. With a bullet lodged in the brain, I was never really sure if he had a total grasp of things. He was not perfect, and that made him a character I could really like, but could als
 Gigi Ann
The first thing I need to say in defense of this book.... is that I am not a fan of the thriller/suspense genre.

Albany, New York, is the setting of this paranoid thriller about Richard "Dick" Moonlight, former Albany Police Detective turned private investigator and massage therapist. One of his clients, Scarlet Montana, who is also his illicit lover and wife of his ex-boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana, is found murdered. The problem is ... Moonlight doesn't remember what happened because h
Apr 29, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Susan by: Stephen White - Alan Gregory Group
Dick Moonlight is a washed-up ex-police officer who blames memory lapses and bad decisions on a chunk of bullet in his brain. Divorced and broke, he is an almost-licensed massage therapist who moonlights as an investigator for the police department that he used to work for. He rubber-stamps whatever his former boss asks him to investigate without looking at anything too closely, all for a little under-the-table money. Bad Dick, can't you see that's going to come back to bite you sometime, someho ...more
May 22, 2010 Janice rated it it was ok
Shelves: group-reads
I appreciated the opportunity to read this book, thanks to the author, Vincent Zandri donating several copies for a Group Read; thanks Vince!!!
I grew to like the main character in this book more and more as the story progressed, and he seemed to be growing in complexity. By the end I was really rooting for him, and the story held my interest. This is definitely a fast-paced action book, and I liked the structure used, with very short chapters, which lends itself to this kind of action, moving qu
May 08, 2010 Patty rated it really liked it
I knew I was in for a wild ride when I saw that there was a character named "Scarlet Montana."
Is that not a crazy name?
The book took me a little bit to get into it's rythym; while it takes place in modern times it has a very 40ies noir feel. But once I did, I loved it. It just made you feel like you were in the company of Wrigleys chewing gumshoes and well dressed dames. Short chapters, very staccato.

Dick Moonlight is a private, off the books investigator for the Albany Police Department. He use
Andrew Gregory
Jan 31, 2010 Andrew Gregory rated it really liked it
Vince Zandri has written a cinematic, well paced, and engrossing crime noir forensic mystery, set in the dreary early spring environ of Albany, NY. The book unfolds like a screenplay, as we follow former police detective Richard Moonlight’s pursuit of the truth behind the unexpected death of gorgeous and moody femme fatale, Scarlett Montana.

Perhaps a suicide, quite possibly homicide, she has ensnared lovers, friends, and acquaintances into a compromising, dangerous, and deadly situation. As oth
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This book is Insane! With each chapter, it's always a surprise. The book is entertaining, but I'm going to be honest - the writing style/story was a struggle for me. There is some crazy stuff going on such as: an albino man stalker and stolen corpses - so much that it's not really a believable tale, but I thought it wrapped up nicely. I know there is a sequel planned tentatively titled "Moonlight Rises".

Moonlight Falls was featured as a May 2010 group read in the Stephen White-Alan Gregory group
May 13, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
Richard Moonlight is the kind of character that you know is going to find trouble. So when he wakes up and his hands are covered in blood and his lover, Scarlet Montana, is dead, he knows that he is having not an ordinary day. His life hasn't been quite the same since he tried to kill himself and the bullet left in his brain wreaks havoc on his memory and his behavior. Vincent Zandri does an excellent job of creating a crazy cast of characters to go along with this thrilling whodunit detective s ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read in the Moonlight series, and it was great to be back in his world.

Richard "Dick" Moonlight is my kind of PI. He doesn't go by the book, he tends to make bad decisions (which make him entertaining even if those choices are bad for him), and yet he gets the job done. He's a man who lives on the edge for real, since he has a .22 caliber bullet lodged in his brain that could shift at any moment and end his life. So he's not one to waste much time, since he has no id
May 08, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it
I really liked this book although I never ever really knew what was going on throughout it. Det. Dick Moonlight never ever seemed to know either. Due to a head injury he was never sure whether something had really taken place the way he thought or not. He is a sympathetic protagonist most of the time but I always felt very sad for him and hoped somehow he would find happiness in the end. This was a good read in the mystery noir genre.
Apr 28, 2010 Maicie rated it really liked it
I'm reading this for a group monthly read. The author graciously sent this book to me free! Can't wait to start it.

Great mystery/thriller with 1,001 twists. If you can guess 'who done it' then you must have peeked at the last page.

Looking forward to discussing this with the group.
Jan C
May 11, 2010 Jan C rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-m-a-quitter
I just couldn't get into this. So I am giving up the ghost.

Sometimes a writing style just puts you off. And that's what happened here.

May 25, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri
Published by R.J. Buckley Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9819654-0-6
At the request of Pump Up Your Book, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis: (from back of book) In Moonlight Falls, novelist and photo journalist Vincent Zandri asks the question "If you knew your life could end at any moment, how far would you go to prove you murdered your lover?"
Albany, New York is the setting of Zandri's paranoid thriller (in the Hitchcock tradition) ab
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Oct 30, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
This was a very good book by Mr. Zandri. I thought it started off a little slow, but once the action began, it was non-stop! It was full of twists and turns and really kept me guessing until the end.

There is a very big cast of characters in this book and all of them are described in great detail. I appreciated this and felt that it added to my experience as a reader. I could almost feel Moonlight's sadness over Scarlet's death; I understood his anxiety and paranoia over getting caught after his
Heath Lowrance
Jun 11, 2012 Heath Lowrance rated it really liked it
Bad decisions: they're the crux of countless great noirs. In Richard Moonlight, author Vincent Zandri gives us a protagonist who almost can't help but make bad decisions. After all, the guy has a bullet lodged in his brain (the result of a botched suicide attempt) that affects his judgment, messes with his memory, and causes him to have occasional black-outs.
Enter the woman, the one who Moonlight's been sleeping with, and who winds up butchered in her bed. Moonlight, a part-time cop and a full-t
Elizabeth A.
May 01, 2010 Elizabeth A. rated it really liked it
It takes serious balls to begin a book with your protagonist deliberately putting a bullet into his own head, but that's exactly how Vincent Zandri kicks off his high-octane new thriller Moonlight Falls. Richard "Dick" Moonlight, you see, is not your typical protagonist. In fact, he's seriously screwed up. As one character tells him, "You fell off the tree of fucked-up-weird and slammed every branch on the way down." Fucked-up-weird notwithstanding, it's the fragment of .22 bullet left in his br ...more
Amy L. Campbell
Apr 16, 2010 Amy L. Campbell rated it did not like it
I would give this a 1 and a half if I could because it did start to redeem itself at the end, but there were so many problems with the first 5/6 of the book that I just couldn't give it two stars. I felt like things were just "too perfect" for Moonlight for this to be realistic. The name "Dick Moonlight" would have worked in a Film Noir maybe, but not here, yeah, haha, he moonlights as a private eye. Funny. And we'll not even talk about Reverend Rolland "Doobie."

There's a lot of exposition and b
Apr 08, 2010 J.R. rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Richard Moonlight, a former police officer, has a fragment of a self-inflicted bullet in his skull. It could induce a seizure or even death at any moment and it frequently short circuits his memory. For this latter reason, in addition to the cuts and scratches on the palms of his hands, Richard fears he may have had something to do with the death of his lover, Scarlet Montana.

Scarlet, the wife of Chief of Detective Jake Montana, Moonlight’s former boss, is found dead in her bed shortly after she
May 27, 2010 DKAY rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I have never read anything by Vincent Zandri before and didn't really know what to expect but I totally didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I was hooked from page 1 literally and it's in the first sentence of the book that cought my attention so quick. I love the way that Vincent Zandri goes into such detail about the characters and you really get to know Moonlight and understand him and feel what he feels. I have to say that I wasn't expecting some of the details explained in the ...more
Carrie Kilgore
Dec 26, 2013 Carrie Kilgore rated it liked it
This was an interesting mystery, with some nice twists and an intriguing detective who's walking around with a fragment of a bullet in his brain, which creates some interesting problems for him. Having worked many years in New York's capitol, Albany, it was nice reading a book with that setting. Unfortunately, there were some serious errors, including the fact that the city has a population 2-1/2 times as large as the author reports (so easy to look up to check!). Several references to Albany's ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this "noir-ish" mystery. I can't recall how I first came across it-- a recommendation from a magazine article, I think. There are a few Hollywood moments, but they were plausible enough. I would consider reading another Moonlight Mystery down the road-- I suspect Zandri has continued to hone his craft since this book was first released.
This was the second book in the dick moonlight thrillers that I have read, even though it is actually the first in the series. I read the forth book in the series first and absolutely loved it, it's not that I didn't enjoy this book but it just wasn't as good as the forth in the series. I found the humour in the forth book was really lacking in this one and that is probably why I didn't enjoy it as much. In saying that though, I definitely want to read the rest of the series.
Matt R.
Aug 23, 2010 Matt R. rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2010
Let me start by saying that I am definitely going to read another Vincent Zandri book. I love Zandri’s writing style. The main character Moonlight (Richard) is a former detective who becomes a private investigator. He thinks he killed somone but cannot remember. Moonlight Falls packs a punch from the first chapter and continues to charge at a “break-neck” pace. This is the type of thriller book I really enjoy reading…one that does not let go. I like that this story takes place in Albany, NY. Alb ...more
Sherry E. Walden
Just ok

I had a hard time reading this book. it just want interesting enough for me to care if I finished it or not but finish it I did. I kept hoping it would get better.

there were quite a few spelling and grammatical errors in it too. I'm glad it was a freebie.
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“You fell off the tree of fucked-up-weird and slammed every branch on the way down.” 34 likes
“Maybe I didn't know her as well as I might have wanted. But I can tell you this: love mattered a great deal to Scarlet Montana. I think it must have mattered to Jake too. Because if love hadn't been important to them, they wouldn't have fallen to pieces when it suddenly abandoned them.” 5 likes
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