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Void Moon

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  11,946 ratings  ·  468 reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 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
Jane Stewart
4 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.
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!
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
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
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
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
Tom Tischler
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
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.
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
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
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
Walt O'Hara
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
Zakariah Johnson
Void Moon is a story of several heists connected through the person of Cassie Black, a high-tech burglar specializing in ripping off "high rollers" asleep in their hotel suites along Las Vegas's strip. The major villain here, Jack Karch, emerges gradually as a complete psychopath with excellent taste in clothes and music, and his use of magic tricks to lull people into liking him adds welcome bite to the book. Unfortunately, Black herself is neither competent enough to be an anti-hero, nor sympa ...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.
Connelly's standalone crime thriller stands up pretty well over time. Cassie Black is only 10 months into a 2-year parole but she's already bored with her job selling expensive cars. She needs the adrenaline of a well-planned heist and, even more, she needs the money. But the "mark" turns out to be more than she bargained for and triggers events that endanger not only her plans, but her life. The only flaw in this page-turner is Connelly's pedantic description of the preparation and execution of ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Don rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
I don't read a lot of fiction and I have never read a Michael Connelly book before, but since he is a popular best seller, I thought I would see what his appeal is.

I am currently in the process of adopting my screenplay Jihad on Hollywood into a novel form, so I thought it would be helpful to see how one of the more successful modern novelists tells a story.

There were a few minor surprises, but I could tell where most of the story was going, which may or may not be what the author wanted. Defini
Kurt Christensen
I have read several Connelly books now, and he continues to show diversity in his characters and plots. Void Moon had a slower start than his other books, and is told from the perspective of a criminal. Given that, I had a harder time relating to (and rooting for) the protagonist until fairly far into the book.

I did like the tone shift about 1/3 into the book where Connelly started rotating perspectives between the hunter and the hunted. It was hard to predict what either would do, which greatl
Great read from beginning to end--you expect one thing and something else happens (sign of a great suspense novel)!! I really enjoyed this story. 9 of 10 for me.
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
Lynn Pribus
This is a non-Bosch Connelly about an ex-con who wants to regain the daughter she had to surrender while in prison. Also lots of deceptions and cons which I like.

But while I enjoyed it, it didn't quite make it to four stars. I wasn't surprised by the ending. The evil guy was just too wanton in his killings.

Actually it reminded me of a confession story I wrote years ago (when I went almost through the alphabet with my "narrators" names). This one was about "Sandi Spencer" who gave up a child for
Verovsky Brandão
"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
I don't know why it surprised me, but Void Moon turned out to be one of my favorite Michael Connelly books after reading my way through all the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller books as well as several of his other novels. The protagonist, Cassie Black, is out of prison on probation, but can't resist the lure of the criminal life. She takes on one more job-- robbing a high roller in his Las Vegas hotel room--that turns out to be more than she bargained for and puts a really scary bad guy on her tai ...more
O.K. but not Harry Bosch .
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