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Void Moon

(Harry Bosch Universe #12)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  24,055 ratings  ·  1,066 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 December 7th 1999)
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Void Moon, which was published in 2000, is another standalone from Michael Connelly, the creator of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller. The protagonist is Cassie Black, a beautiful young woman who was once a very skilled burglar who specialized in ripping off big marks in Vegas. But then a job went catastrophically wrong; Cassie's partner and lover was killed, and Cassie was arrested and sent to the pen for six years. Now free, she's living in L.A., selling Porches, and reporting regularly to her pro ...more
Diane Wallace
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent read! slow at first but picked up eventually.. both compelling and intriguing and great detective storyline (paperback!)
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
Have to go down the middle here with just three stars (2.5 if I could) since I liked the book enough to finish it and it had an unexpected and redeeming ending. However I have to admit to a fair bit of skimming along the way.

Unfortunately I was never able to connect with any of the characters including the MC, Cassie. It was not because she was a thief herself but just that there was not enough about her to really like. However she does redeem herself right at the end of the book and I was left
Cassie Black; ten months out of prison for manslaughter and living a life that was boring and mundane. Her once-a-month visit to her parole officer sparked memories of what had originally put her in prison – she decided she would do one more job and hightail it out of there. Become lost to the authorities and live life on her terms.

Everything went as it should, until somehow it no longer was. Cassie knew she was in trouble, but she was determined to stay one step ahead. The gunmen who had her in
Aug 10, 2011 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
This was my sort of palate cleanser book to get me back on track after reading a bunch of misogynistic duds in what feels like a very short period of time, and I can usually count on Michael Connelly for a good'un.

I'm reading his books in Bosch Universe order, and this one is in the universe, but not actually featuring Harry Bosch. Those non-Bosch books have been hit or miss for me, to be honest. A Darkness More Than Night was ridiculously bad, but The Poet was really good. This one is kind of
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, thieves
Void Moon

This is not the best book by Michael Connelly but still a very good one. I can easily imagine making it into a movie.

I have a sweet spot for con artists of all sorts and I totally love heist stories. And heist is a big part of this book. Cassie is out of prison on her probation time living quite life. Then out of sudden everything changes and needs some serious amount of money. She agrees to take a job but nothing goes as it should.

I do really like Cassie, she is a complicated heroine. There i
Scott Rhee
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: noir, vegas, heist
True story: I once had a job offer in Vegas, but I turned it down. This was roughly ten years ago, before the housing market bubble imploded, when houses were being built by the second and spreading across the Nevada desert like some urban sprawl virus. The massive influx of people meant a demand for schools, which meant a demand for teachers.

As a fresh-out-of-graduate-school teacher, I was pretty eager to find a job. My interview for the Vegas school district went like this: Do you want a teach
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
Dusty Craine
Apr 23, 2012 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
I don't want to even see the word "void" for a month. It's repeated throughout this book and also moons are shown. I just wanted to finish this so I could count it to Horror Aficionados ABC Challenge. If it wasn't for that, I would have DNFed this thing on Sunday.

"Void Moon" follows Cassie Black. Cassie we find out through a long winding road is an ex-felon. She decides to take one last heist in order to get enough funds to kidnap her daughter who was adopted at birth. I throw in that last part
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: serial-thrillers
An other ripping yarn from Michael Connelly.
Something a bit different this time round. There are no goodies here only baddies just some baddies are worse than others.
I found the book a bit slow to get going but that didn't last long, by the end everything in my life was put on hold until I got to the explosive end.
The main character, Cassie Black an ex convict and once burglar in Los Vegas but now a Porsche car salesperson in L.A. Seems to have turned her life around but for some unknown reason,
May 15, 2016 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 #7 & Ter
Nancy Ellis
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did! Several Connelly fans whose opinions I respect had said it was good, but they didn't like it nearly as much as the Bosch books. Well, Harry Bosch is admittedly a tough act to follow, but I think this book is just about as good.

A void moon is an astrological phase when the moon is not in any "house" and is supposedly a time of bad luck. It certainly has brought bad luck to Cassie Black, recently out on parole after serving five years of a sentence
Lisa Lemons
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
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
While not a stellar read, it was an interesting one. Connelly uses his regular crumbs from other books to tie them all in, but this one pretty much moves itself along. Its premise is a great caper within a Las Vegas hotel and the fallout ftom it all. Some good storylines woven into it, though having the main character be the villain is a little harder for me to create a connection. I guess I prefer the white night narrator.

Connelly kind of floats this book out there and leaves it to sail its own
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Void Moon is the third time that Michael Connelly steps away from his favorite Los Angeles homicide investigator, Harry Bosch. Published in 2000, it is Connelly’s ninth novel and this time the focus is on Cassie Black, a former criminal out on parole, and currently selling Porsches to Hollywood go-getters. Cassie previously served five years in a Nevada prison for conspiring with her prior partner and love of her life, Max Freeling, to steal from casino winners while they are sleeping in their h ...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
Deana M
Apr 15, 2011 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
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Cassidy Black is the main character, ex-convict & works at a Porsche dealership, after 5 years in prison, for trying to rob a casino, while visitors while asleep.

Later when caught & going to jail, Cassie did not know she was pregnant with Jodie.
Jodie was adopted by other parents when born.

Cassie is in for another casino robbery plan. She needs to be in hotel’s room designated as the “Void Moon” - away from everything/everyone during the robbery. After the robbery...

The owner of the casino hires
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This stand alone Bosch Universe novel started out solid enough but quickly built up into something special.

A nice change from Connelly's usual police perspective, Cassie Black is an paroled hot prowler about to embark on one last job to disappear on its payday. The back stories unfold quite well and its characters become full rather quickly. The "synchronicity" of the story arcs was enjoyed most and wasn't telegraphed or all that cheesy. I also enjoyed the mentionings and nods to Bosch char
Tom Swift
Jan 04, 2016 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.
Susan Elizabetha
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read. But I enjoyed the Harry Bosch, Michael Haller and the Poet books much more.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly is one of those authors. You know what I mean, whereby the word ‘those’ is written in italics or spoken with more emphasis than the rest of the sentence. He is a name you can speak and everyone will instantly know to whom you’re referring. Most have read one of his books, if only to see what he is all about. Considering the number of books he has written, and the following he has, it should come as no surprise that he has been sitting on my to-read list for a very long time. Wit ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I've always found Michael Connelly's writing a bit uneven when it came to female characters. The romantic interludes never felt convincing to me. The opening of this book is no exception. The setting is in a high end Las Vegas casino bar. Cassie, the main character, casts one last long rapturous gaze on Max as he departs. It's the “one last job” trope conveyed with an anxious vibe.

The next chapter is set about seven years later in L.A. Cassie has an inexplicable interest in the owners of a modes
Apr 22, 2016 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
Jul 19, 2011 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
Apr 23, 2011 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
Quick easy read and mildly interesting but not up there with the Bosch books...
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I find that I have read/listened to 7 books of Michael Connelly. Then I listened to Void Moon, and I still don't understand how the phenomenon works and applies to the story. I'm probably the least understood of all the followers in the Goodreads audience, and there are a lot of you out there. I see what you all read and love with Connelly. Somehow it got loaded on my IPad, and it's been there a long time, so I listened to it.

As I still don't understand what Void Moon is, so I looked up a defin
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Harry Bosch Universe (1 - 10 of 34 books)
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