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New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly writes novels of brilliantly original suspense. In this electrifying tour de force, he takes us into a world of extremes: too much criminality, too much money, and too many ways to die.
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" flow
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Grand Central Publishing (first published December 7th 1999)
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Kemper
Aug 14, 2011 Kemper rated it liked it
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
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Jane Stewart
4 stars. The last two hours are edge of your seat. Great character development and outthinking each other. Excellent ending.

STORY BRIEF:
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.
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Dusty Craine
May 08, 2012 Dusty Craine rated it really liked it
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
Jim
May 17, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different MC for Connelly, Cassie Black is a thief, but still one of the good guys, at least comparatively. This was good, but really a 3.5 star read until the end which seemed as if it would be predictable. I'll simply say that bumped it to a 4 star read for me - power packed & excellent. Again he shows masterful foreshadowing & attention to detail.

Again, I read this in published order, Callie Black #1, which I highly suggest. A Darkness More Than Night comes next. It is Harry Bosch
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Lisa
About a month ago, I put out a recommendation request on Goodreads which can be found here. The very next day, I received a recommendation from Antonio for Void Moon. I honestly had been looking for a book like this for the past year, so many thanks to Antonio for helping me finally find the story I was looking for.

I have a soft spot in my heart for anti-heroes, those good guys who aren’t all that good but have the best intentions at heart. Those intentions are always selfish in nature, but they
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Ângela Costa
Nov 07, 2013 Ângela Costa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Susan
Apr 23, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
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
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Bandit
May 24, 2016 Bandit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Utterly forgettable and bland sort of thriller. Really didn't stand out in any way, even though I have fairly relaxed standards for audio books. A story of a former casino thief doing that proverbial one last job for all the right reasons. Something doesn't go according to plan and suddenly there is a psychopath private investigator on her tail. It's all pretty predictable, decently paced, comes across like a straight for paycheck sort of book. The narration itself was pretty good. At times it w ...more
Sidna
Jul 19, 2011 Sidna rated it it was ok
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
Tom Swift
Jan 06, 2016 Tom Swift rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly is one of the best. This is a stand alone novel, it is not part of the Harry Bosch series. A great crime thriller, bad guys in Vegas and Los Angeles. Any books from this author are worth the ride.
Jeanette
Apr 25, 2016 Jeanette rated it liked it
Connelly must have written this one with the movie in mind. There's action, even within the technical aspects, it's nearly continual movements. Cassie sells luxury Porsche automobiles and we don't miss a crash up with one of those either.

Violence is high. Higher than in the average Bosch. And yet this one also does as much for Las Vegas as it does for L.A. Their streets and locations alive throughout this novel.

But to me, it doesn't carry the depth of personality which the Bosch novels continual
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T. Robert
Jun 02, 2015 T. Robert rated it really liked it
Another unusual plot from Michael Connelley. I struggled a bit with the heroine at the start - a convicted criminal who accepts a lead role in a major Las Vegas heist and ends up apparently killing the target gambler. How can you sympathize with her? But you do in the end! The plot is also replete with technical details about such things as security in Las Vegas casinos and how to capture the combination to a safe. Good suspense throughout which intensifies in the final pages along with some sur ...more
Ed
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
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Aaron
Mar 06, 2012 Aaron rated it it was amazing
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
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D.R.
Feb 19, 2013 D.R. rated it it was amazing
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
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Tom Tischler
Nov 24, 2014 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it
Cassie Black and her boyfriend Max were working Las Vegas. They
would watch and see who was winning the most money and then break
into their room later and rob them. They were very good at this and
after a few jobs they took a vacation to Tahiti. When they came back
Cassie didn't want to do this anymore so they decided one more job
and they quit. The job was a set up by hotel security and went all
wrong. Max was killed and Cassie got 5 years. When she got out a
friend gave her a job selling Porsche
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Bambola
Jun 22, 2011 Bambola marked it as abandoned
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.
Deb
Mar 28, 2016 Deb rated it really liked it
I finally got around to listening to this thriller. This is not the first Michael Connelly book I have read/listened to and it won't be the last. Interesting characters, fast action, twists, turns.. what more do you need for a "good read"?

This story follows Cassie Black, a gifted thief who walked away from her criminal lifestyle, after the man she was closest to died during a job gone wrong. But, Cassie has a secret. A secret that she holds very close and would sacrifice her life to keep. When
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Tony Gleeson
Jul 12, 2011 Tony Gleeson rated it liked it
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
Eric_W
Nov 15, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it
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
Deana M
Apr 15, 2011 Deana M rated it liked it
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
Enrico Martignetti
Oct 12, 2014 Enrico Martignetti rated it it was amazing
Haunting plot
Beverly
Jan 20, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trying to catch up on some of the mystery books that I've wanted to read, I picked this up. This is a stand alone book and so does not feature the Harry Bosch character. I enjoyed this very much. Cassie Black is a young woman who has done time in prison but is out now, on probation and working a regular job. The problem is that her past continues to haunt her and she has some business left unfinished that will draw her back into the glitter and glitz of the high roller gambling casinos and possi ...more
Walt O'Hara
Aug 18, 2014 Walt O'Hara rated it liked it
Void Moon is a unique novel in that shared universe written by Michael Connelly that contains an aging Harry Bosch, Los Angeles homicide detective, Mickey Haller, defense attorney, and Terry McCaleb, former FBI agent. This novel features Cassidy "Cassie" Black, a professional burglar and ex-con who is laboring under the burden of her tragic past. What makes Void Moon unique in the Bosch-verse is the main character is not on right side of the law. Cassie is an expert in stealthy entry operations ...more
Gabe
Jun 01, 2015 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another motion picture book, easy read, nice and entertaining as we've come to expect from this author.

What is interesting about this book is that contrar the usual cliche of the basic conflict between good and bad, when in the end the good prevails, in this one we witness an intriguing conflict between bad and evil, because the good guys are almost inexistent here.

We are exposed to a complicated and complex plot, a story line that covers over 6 years timeframe, with some flashbacks that
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Scott Bagley
Oct 24, 2013 Scott Bagley rated it liked it
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.
Cheryl
Cassie Black is on parole after being convicted as an accomplice in a Las Vegas casino robbery. She's determined to make a fresh start but she needs to score one more hit before that. Unfortunately her "mark" turns out to be a member of the Mob. The casino sends Jack Karch, their investigator/hit man to track Cassie down. Suspenseful and fast paced, this book will hold the reader's attention right up to its startling conclusion.
John Whitaker
Mar 19, 2016 John Whitaker rated it really liked it
Right up there with the Harry Bosch series. Fast paced and scary with bigger than life characters.
Mike Tueros
Feb 13, 2014 Mike Tueros rated it liked it
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
Ski
Jan 26, 2009 Ski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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