Cassie has a special reason for now walking the straight and narrow, but she still occasionally feels the outlaw juices flowing, and selling cars to rich guys doesn't do much to calm them. The technical details, even though dated now, are especially intriguing, and after reading the book, I'm not going to feel safe in a hotel room again for a good long time.
Unless what happened is that youre 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. Its at the very same casino where Max failed his flying lesson and Cassie got busted. Jack is also the guy who busted Max before he went out the window.
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. It was pretty predictable, which is not something that I usually ascribe to Connelly's books, which is my main point of disappointment with this one.
I do really like Cassie, she is a complicated heroine. It looks like she appears in some other book by Connelly, so maybe I will read it one day to meet Cassie again.
The hotel manager hires Jack (private investigator/hit man) to find the thief (Cassie) and get it back. REVIEWERS OPINION: This is a great book for watching two very smart people outsmart each other. Cassie has smart plans, but her most impressive abilities occur when things go wrong, and she instantly comes up with something unexpected to counter and survive. It takes a while to get to know Cassie (a thief), but shes the one to root for. This could have been a great romantic suspense book (with the hit man changing his life after falling in love). Early on Jack was a good Samaritan when he saw a man abusing a woman, and he stepped in to help her. I could accept Jack killing bad guys, but when he starts killing good guys I realized he wasnt going to be the romantic hero I wanted. Since we are in the head of the bad guy chasing Cassie, this qualifies as a thriller (crime suspense thriller). THE FOUR SERIES (Bosch, McCaleb, McEvoy, and Haller): I recommend reading the Harry Bosch books in order, but it would be ok to try The Last Coyote or Lost Light first, just to see if you like the style. See my review for The Fifth Witness for a list of all the books and my recommended reading order (for the four series).
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.
True story: I once had a job offer in Vegas, but I turned it down. My interview for the Vegas school district went like this: Do you want a teaching job? I had a job waiting for me in Vegas, but I turned it down. I do honestly remember thinking that if all female teachers in Vegas looked like this, I was ready to accept any position, even janitor. I dont think she was that upset when I said no to the job. I dont know for sure, obviously, but--regardless if her story was true or not---I bet she used that opener for every interview, tears and all. **** Reading Michael Connellys Void Moon automatically brought that story to mind, only because it reiterated everything I hate about Vegas. Needless to say, I wasnt that excited early on in Void Moon when it looked to me like a run-of-the-mill Vegas heist caper. Luckily, its a Vegas heist caper written by Michael Connelly, so I shouldnt have been worried. Close to the half-way mark, the book goes from heist caper to psychotic killer story, and it kicks into high gear.
This was good, but really a 3.5 star read until the end which seemed as if it would be predictable.
Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written. After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch.