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Moonlight Falls (Richard "Dick" Moonlight #1)

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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
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
From the Cajun Book Lady Review Blog (http://thecajunbooklady.blogspot.com/...

My Review:
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
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Grace
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
Jennifer
Feb 14, 2010 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
Sheri
Mar 22, 2010 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
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Kristina
Mar 04, 2010 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
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Patty
May 08, 2010 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
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 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
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Susan (aka Just My Op)
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Susan (aka Just My Op) 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
Janice
Apr 07, 2010 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
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Theresa
May 12, 2010 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
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Andrew Gregory
Jan 31, 2010 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
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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
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Christine
Apr 27, 2010 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
Sheila
Mar 22, 2010 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.
Maicie
Apr 25, 2010 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
Mar 02, 2010 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.

Sorry.
Rosemary Kenny
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of murder-mysteries and psychological thrillers
Moonlight Falls - a review by Rosemary Kenny

Misbehaving Dick Moonlight is not totally surprised when his ex wants a divorce after finding him cheating with a 'massage client', although he regrets not seeing his
son as often as he'd like, especially when it turns out she's married a crooked cop he used to call his best friend, Mitchell Cain. Worse, Scarlett Montana just happens to be Dick's Chief of Police and worst of all, she turns up brutally dead, shortly after her last session with Dick, when
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Robert Enzenauer
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although Vincent Zandri is not a "new" author, he is a new author to me. And I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this "first novel" of the Dick Moonlight PI Series. This starts with a rather interesting premise of a failed suicide attempt by an ex-police officer that left the individual alive, but with memory lapses, some bad behavior, occasional blackouts. He has become a PI working on various "projects" for the local PD. After starting, this book was very hard to put down. However, it was m ...more
Jay Williams
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Richard Moonlight is no stranger to death, having grown up in funeral home. He is a wounded soul as depicted in this story. All of the characters are described in depth, and the interactions between them make this a fascinating book. The death of Moonlight's lover kicks off a frantic search for knowledge of what happened and why. Even at the end, when you think everything is solved, a new twist throws the story into a different dimension. If you read only one of the Moonlight books, this should ...more
RaChelle Holmberg
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HARDBOILED blast from the past ala Mickey Spillane ( of which I've resd many)
I've often wished there were some new ones, updated from Commie Red 50s slang - and along comes Vince!

This story was quite involved, fast paced, with three dimensional characters, and there was quite the bombshell at the very end - I enjoyed every word.

I've read one of his other series ( Chase Baker) but Moonlight may be my new favorite.
BonusMom
Lots of twists

This was a good book with a flawed main character (a little too flawed for my taste) and others that are well developed. The story moved along quickly. Pretty good murder mystery.
louise davis
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It starts off a little slow then everything starts happening fast. It keeps your interest and you can't wait to see what will happen next. Would recommend to anyone that likes gooFd mystery.
Matt Schmitt
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

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MARIE MURPHY
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do not trust anyone

Moonlight is caught up in a conspiracy but unaware of the situation. Having problems with his brain function it takes a while to put it together. Page turner. Love the characters even the evil ones
Zoe
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery series. It keeps me reading till the end
Barbara  Miller
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Chris
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

This is one of the few books I had to keep reading every spare moment until I finished. It's the second of Zandri's books that I couldn't put down. I'm now officially hooked on his writing. His character development and dialogue are some of the best I've read, but I especially love how he takes you inside the head of his protagonist.
Elizabeth A.
Feb 22, 2010 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
DKAY
Mar 26, 2010 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
Cheryl
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-read
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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Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and No. 1 AMAZON KINDLE bestselling author of more than 20 novels including THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, EVERYTHING BURNS, and ORCHARD GROVE. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONL ...more
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“You fell off the tree of fucked-up-weird and slammed every branch on the way down.” 41 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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