Moonlight Falls (UNCUT Edition) (for fans of James Patterson, Stephen King and Lee Child) [NOOK Book]

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*AUTHOR’S NOTE:

What you are about to read is not MOONLIGHT FALLS as originally and graciously published by R.J.Buckley in 2009. It is an “uncut” version that features upwards of 100 pages of original material that is derived from multiple points of view. This material was edited by me in later drafts in order create a more streamline manuscript that was delivered from Richard “Dick” Moonlight’s 1st person POV only.

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Moonlight Falls (UNCUT Edition) (for fans of James Patterson, Stephen King and Lee Child)

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Overview

*AUTHOR’S NOTE:

What you are about to read is not MOONLIGHT FALLS as originally and graciously published by R.J.Buckley in 2009. It is an “uncut” version that features upwards of 100 pages of original material that is derived from multiple points of view. This material was edited by me in later drafts in order create a more streamline manuscript that was delivered from Richard “Dick” Moonlight’s 1st person POV only.

In this version, you not only have Moonlight’s perspective, you also enter into the head of several major characters, including Scarlet Montana, her husband Jake Montana, Moonlight’s ex-wife Lynn, and even the Russian mobsters who are busy harvesting human organs illegally. Any chapters that appear for you in italics, are the “uncut” chapters and published in their entirety. Even the original quotation by the late Robert B. Parker which appears prior to the Prologue and which was eventually substituted for a quote from Genesis, is included in this new novel.

In some ways, this novel is a richer portrayal of the tragic events that lead Dick Moonlight to believe he might actually be responsible for the death of his lover while, as a private detective under the employ of the Albany Police Department’s understaffed violent crimes/homicide division, he goes about trying to solve the riddle of who killed her. You see now the near impossible dilemma Moonlight faces. Simple irony doesn’t fit the bill here. Neither does paradox. Only the words “dark tragedy” seems to come close to describing the frantic and often desperate circumstances in which Dick Moonlight finds himself. The more he searches for a killer or killers, the more the evidence points to himself. Now you see why this novel was described as “A new book for Hitchcock fans,” by MORE MAGAZINE.

These extra chapters will add a new dimension to the first Moonlight novel. And when combined with the special author interviews, reviews, and essays also included in this especially thick volume by StoneGate Ink, will serve to create a brand new, multi-layered, and indeed, riveting reading experience.

As always, thanks for reading.
Vincent Zandri
Albany, New York

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 therapist, who believes he killed Scarlet Montana, his illicit lover and wife of his ex-boss Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. The dilemma ... Moonlight doesn’t remember what happened!

REVIEWS:

"If you want a novel that runs wild like a caged beast let loose, Zandri is the man."
—(Albany)

"Sensational…masterful…brilliant."
—New York Post

"Probably the most arresting first crime novel to break into print this season."
—Boston Herald

"A thriller that has depth and substance, wickedness and compassion."
—The Times-Union (Albany)

"Vincent Zandri explodes onto the scene with the debut thriller of the year. As Catch Can is gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting. Don't miss it."
—Harlan Coben, author of The Final Detail

"A Satisfying Yarn."
—Chicago Tribune

"Compelling…As Catch Can pulls you in with rat-a-tat prose, kinetic pacing…characters are authentic, and the punchy dialogue rings true. Zandri's staccato prose moves As Catch Can at a steady, suspenseful pace."
—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Exciting…An Engrossing Thriller…the descriptions of life behind bars will stand your hair on end."
—Rocky Mountain News

"Readers will be held captive by prose that pounds as steadily as an elevated pulse… Vincent Zandri nails readers' attention."
—Boston Herald

"A smoking gun of a debut novel. The rough and tumble pages turn quicker than men turn on each other."
—Albany Times-Union
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013527140
  • Publisher: StoneGate Ink
  • Publication date: 9/14/2012
  • Series: Dick Moonlight , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 287,396
  • File size: 806 KB

Meet the Author

Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, CONCRETE PEARL, MOONLIGHT RISES and SCREAM CATCHER. He is also the author of the bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Harlan Coben has described his novels as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called THE INNOCENT, "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" In March, April and May of 2011, he sold more than 100,000 Kindle E-Book editions of his novels. In September 2011, he signed a major deal with Thomas and Mercer of Amazon for the publication of his new novel, Murder by Moonlight, and the re-publication of many of his back-list titles, including The Innocent and The Remains. Zandri's list of publishers also include Delacorte, Dell, StoneHouse Ink and StoneGate Ink. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated into many languages including the Dutch, Russian and Japanese. An adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photo-journalist for RT, Globalspec, IBTimes and more, he lives in New York. For more go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM
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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    Offbeat Hero

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    WOW

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    (First note, I would rate this a solid 3.5 stars, but am stuck b

    (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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Sucked

    VEry predictlible and repetitiive !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    The Moonpool

    One voice, yet many at the same time, echoes: "It is time."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    ♚ CreekStar ♚

    &#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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Siverstorm

    Im an idiot. My names got mixed up.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Elders den

    Like the apprintices den.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Very good

    A nice surprise at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    A New Master Of Mystery

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Im sexy and i know it.

    Aa girl look at that body...

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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