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Moonlight Falls (Dick Moonlight Series #1)

Moonlight Falls (Dick Moonlight Series #1)

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by Vincent Zandri

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In MOONLIGHT FALLS, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist and photojournalist 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


In MOONLIGHT FALLS, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling novelist and photojournalist 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 therapist, who believes he killed Scarlet Montana - his illicit lover and wife of his ex-boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. The problem is ... Moonlight doesn't remember what happened!

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CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
Dick Moonlight Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Winner of the 2015 ITW Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 16 novels including THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT RISES, and EVERYTHING BURNS. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer and Polis Books, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri's, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the Best Books of 2014. A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular "lit blog," The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. His novel, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, has been selected by the Private Eye Writers of America as a Finalist for the Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original. He is a resident of both New York and Florence, Italy. For more go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM

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Moonlight Falls 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
magine this. You're at home when your lover calls for you to come over. You rush over, regardless of the fact that she's the wife of your ex-boss, who happens to be the head of Homicide in your town. You make love and then hear the unthinkable: the front door opening and footsteps heading up the stairs, so you jump out the window and head home. Add in one fact: you're an ex-cop who had to leave the force due to brain damage. Brain damage that was caused when you failed to commit suicide by shooting yourself in the head, and that leaves you with blackouts and the propensity for making bad decisions. An hour later, your ex-boss calls. He wants to hire you as a part-time consultant, as he has done off and on since you had to leave the force. The crime? His wife, Scarlet, has been found butchered in her bed--the bed you just left. Unfortunately, you can't remember if you witnessed the crime, or maybe even committed it. Can you find the answer before more tragedy occurs? Vincent Zandri has created a compelling narrator. The reader is drawn into the web the same as Richard Moonlight, the ex-detective is, and is as unable to break free of the action as he is. The plot is intricate, the pace spellbinding. This book is recommended for any and all mystery readers; it is easily one of the best I've read lately.
JJCross More than 1 year ago
WOW! Is a great way to describe this book. I absolutely loved it and I never wanted to put it down. Vincent Zandri ia an amazing writer. The story starts out strong and continues to grow stronger after every page you read. I very highly suggest this book and I look forward to reading more tales from this very talented author.
RedJed More than 1 year ago
(First note, I would rate this a solid 3.5 stars, but am stuck between whole numbers. See ** below) Overall, I was super impressed by my first read of this author. The novel itself was great fun and zipped by in two days flat. The character's mood and general perfect Noir-vibe was soilidly received. While reading, the main character (titled Dick Divine throughout, rather than Moonlight), often reminded me of Max Payne, for those of you with the foreknowledge of the fictitious pixel-born fellow, which was quite the thrill I must admit. But back to Zandri's style, I found notes of Lee Child's 'Reacher' character mingling with Michael Connelly's hard-boiled detective Harry Bosch, as well as the faint echoes of James Ellroy, Warren Ellis, and Jean E. Dugas. Vincent Zandri’s writing is taut and well researched by what I can imagine, from a writer’s POV, to be either personal experience, or the by-product of one hell of a detailed briefing. Pulling off a convincing 1st person Action Express is not a deed to be easily dismissed. Aside from a peppering of cliché but forgivable character names, and the scarce event when some chapters continually lapse over old material and contain a few tell-tale errors consistent with a first effort, this never deprives the reader from the razor sharp storytelling throughout. (Also of note, this could well be the consequence of reading on an eReader, where content has more than once differed from the print version of various novels.) The characters are livable—or, more correctly, are alive—in that the reader could imagine having met and conversed with them as they read through their detailed scripts floating off the pages. The same goes for Zandri’s detailed environs, and that wonderful, ever-present brooding of rain mingling with a bottomless shot of liquid courage. Zandri’s direct writing style is playful yet seamless and continues to dare you to read on, regardless of the clock ticking by in the background. Be prepared to stay up all day and all night, riding along side Dick’s noir-coated verbiage to the very end. Bloodshot eyes be damned. **As for the little hiccups that detracted from a better rating, there were some unexpected typo's along the way, and one character's hair goes back and forth from brown to black. I began to wonder if this thing was proofread properly before given a green light to publish (commas are free!!) While this might be my own personal nitpick, the 'bonus material' at the end of the novel was really a cluster of book reviews. I'm not sure who's call that was to include, but following a great read, I certainly came away with that 'never meet your heroes' feeling regarding the content of some of the author's commentary. I went straight from 'blown away and wanting to snag more of the author's titles right now' to 'calling it quits with this book and never look back'. Short version: I was hugely disheartened to discover the personal character of the author as being openly pompous and, quote, 'self-obsessed'. Again, personally, I wouldn't have put anything like this in the closing portion of a novel, just from a sales point of view! ** Closing thoughts; Zandri’s wit and prose is as enjoyable as I’ve come across in a long, long time. Just next time, leave out the 'Hey! Look at me!' puff pieces. —As a request to writers the world over, please do me the diligence of learning the difference between a clip and a magazine when in relation to weapons: Clips are used in rifles, where a length of metal is folded over the bottom of a cartridge case and stacked one atop the other (single stack). The rounds are out in the open, i.e., the ‘clip’ of rounds to a Garand rifle. This clip is loaded directly into the rifle, most often into a fixed magazine well or en bloc. A magazine, either single or double stack, is a forged or stamped metal container that encloses the weapon’s cartridges, with a supporting follower under spring tension. The magazine is a removable/replaceable component to the weapon system. This is how all modern automatic loading pistols are fed, as well as a great many combat-oriented rifles. Think an AR-10/15/M16, AK-47 (with a ‘banana’ magazine), FAL .308 ‘box magazine’, etc. Read it, learn it, love it.
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A nice surprise at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As some of the old masters of mystery leave us, readers may worry, "where are the NEW masters of mystery?" Case solved. This is a tough, brutal story about tough brutal people. In real life, the people who loot investment banks and pension funds, buy politicians, or sell assault weapons to gun nuts who kill school children are monsters. In fiction, there are people who take on the monsters...in real life we are seldom so fortunate. A scary book about scary people.
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AllPurposeMonkey More than 1 year ago
Richard "Dick" Moonlight is not your typical protagonist. In fact, he's seriously screwed up. As one character tells him, "You fell off the tree of f'd-up-weird and slammed every branch on the way down." F'd-up-weird notwithstanding, it's the fragment of .22 bullet left in his brain following his book opening suicide attempt that forces Moonlight's retirement from the Albany police department. Unable to commit to a new job because the placement of a bullet fragment in his brain leaves him prone to untimely blackouts and seizures, not to mention serious lapses in judgment, Moonlight finds himself being called upon by his former partner to serve as an outside investigator on cases that need a discrete, but 'official', rubber stamping in order to close them... for a fee, of course. This arrangement becomes a problem when he's called to the scene of the apparent suicide of Scarlet Montana, wife of his ex-boss Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. Unlike previous callouts, Moonlight can't bring himself to rubber stamp suicide as the cause of death, collect his under the table fee and be done with it. The sticking point? Not only was Moonlight having an affair with her, but he had been with her only hours before her death. What's more, given his spotty memory - not to mention the bloody, scratched up hands he doesn't remember acquiring - he honestly doesn't know if he could have killed her. But he's determined to find out what really happened to Scarlet, no matter what the consequences to himself may be. What unfolds over the course of his investigation provides a non-stop, tension filled ride for the reader; one that includes a mysterious albino, Fugitive-esque pursuit by authorities, grave robbing, a police conspiracy, and a black market organ harvesting ring. There is so much going on that even the most accomplished reader of mysteries and thrillers will be hard pressed to figure out in advance what really happened, as Moonlight Falls delivers twists and swerves right up until the final chapter, even after having seemingly revealed the answer to the mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VEry predictlible and repetitiive !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One voice, yet many at the same time, echoes: "It is time."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im an idiot. My names got mixed up.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&#9818 He felt every life crackle through his body like electricity, as he closed his eyes. The Leader inhaled deeply, and exhaled, the start of a new Era. &#9818
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aa girl look at that body...