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Summary

Did Moonlight murder his own lover? Or has he been set up to take a fall of biblical proportions? 

Some years ago, Moonlight Falls, the first novel in what would become the 2015 Thriller Award- and Shamus Award-winning best-selling hard-boiled detective series was first introduced to the world. Since then, seven Dick Moonlight noir private detective novels have been released to great acclaim. But now, for the first time ever, a longer, grittier, sexier, more dangerous, more romantic version of the original pilot episode is available. It represents the author's original dark vision and the desperate, if not paranoid state of mind he was in when writing it. 

In Moonlight Falls, best-selling author 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 dark setting of this paranoid thriller about Richard "Dick" Moonlight, former APD detective turned private investigator, who believes he killed Scarlet Montana - his illicit lover and wife of his ex-boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. Problem is, despite the blood on his hands, Moonlight doesn't remember what happened! 

For fans of best-selling noir, hard-boiled mystery, and romantic suspense writers like Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block, Don Winslow, and Charlie Huston.

©2016 Vincent Zandri (P)2020 Vincent Zandri

What listeners say about Moonlight Falls: New and Lengthened Editor’s Cut Edition

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Ok, a bit long-winded

My second outing with Zandri's Dick Moonlight and while I liked it well enough. It did just seem to go on and on and on, subjecting us to every thought and deed the main character had. This version, as it says in the synopsis above is the author's original vision for the book. Despite not having read the original publication (I have it somewhere) I would definitely prefer the pared down offering.

Decent set-up to the story. We get to hear about Moonlight's past and his brain problem - self-inflicted and soon we're are off and running (alright maybe a leisurely stroll) as Dick's secret lover is killed (or suicide?) and Moonlight is asked to investigate (but not really) and sign off on the death for the Albany cops. Cops who might have some other issues to hide - connections with the Russian mob and who might see Moonlight as a patsy for murder, should it be necessary.

Interesting main character. He's funny and likable. He has some good friends prepared to break the law/bend the rules to help him out. We have conflict with the police and some mobsters. We have tension with the ex-wife and her cop husband. Lots of action, interspersed with a bit too much naval gazing.

More to like than dislike. I enjoyed the narration and I liked the humour in the book. The story itself just had a bit too much padding.

3 from 5

Zandri's work has been enjoyed before - Tunnel Rats and Moonlight Weeps - a later book in the series.

Read - (listened to) March, 2021
Published - 2009 (director's cut 2016)
Page count - 452 (10 hrs 23 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible

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A Most listen to and read

I so enjoyed listening to Andrew B Wehrlen. perfect.

What can I say , this is fast paced, gripping mystery, brilliant intriguing characters, tense , botched suicide, oh yes a police officer with a bullet lodged in his brain. Which cause him blackouts and headaches.

Loved and highly recommend

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Wow

His books just get better and better got to give it 5 out of 5

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Grab a jug of liquor and settle in...

Ahhh Grisly Murder, Intrigue and a conspiracy all served up like a strong cup of coffee and buttery warm toast. Dick Moonlight is a flawed down on his luck anti-hero and the story is as vivid as cigar smoke in the interrogation room.
One dead girlfriend, a few missing memories and he's even got himself under suspicion, as the tale unfolds he finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could wire the explosives to finish his future for good where the bullet in his head failed.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." but this is very much worth a listen.


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Memory is not the problem.

This is sub headed as the 'New and lengthened Editor's Cut Edition'. How it differs from any other copy I am unable to say.I
Following a botched suicide attempt, Richard Moonlight is left without a full time police job but with a bullet still !loved in his brain which, by shifting, could cause his instant death and does leave him with permanent headaches and periodic blackouts. When the woman with whom he has been having an affair is found dead, he needs to discover who was responsible if only to reassure himself that it wasn't him. A fast paced thri!let masquerading beneath a gentle surface chatter, part told in first person perspective.

Andrew Wehr!an is the ideal narrator for this book. His relaxed attitude belies his quick fire delivery, an edge of sarcasm constantly present. His delivery captures Moonlight perfectly and his voicing of the other characters is individual and distinctive. A fine lerformance.

My thanks to the rights holder of Moonlight Falls, first in the Moonlight series by Vincent Zandri, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. It was exciting without being over demanding, with some fascinating characters in addition to Moonlight, himself, who is likable despite some major f!aws. There is humour here, too, and an intriguing p!ot line. Altogether, very enjoyable, and recommended

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Amazing book

Brilliant storyline enjoyed this audio book very much
Love every minute for the storyline
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  • RJ
  • 23-03-20

Collaborator, patsy, head-case!

The habitual bed-hopping by our intrepid investigator Dick Moonlight may have reached its pinnacle. In this revised and reissued volume, Moonlight finds himself embroiled in the murder of his most recent bed partner. Said bed partner was the wife of Albany’s Chief of Investigators and the investigation is headed for a through white-washing. With Moonlight’s bullet-impaired thought process, he secretly wonders if he had anything to do with her murder. The obvious suspect is the husband and the current white-washing seems to support that theory. Although the husband’s recollection of that night is also impaired, only with alcohol. So what did happen to our victim Scarlett? Suicide seems to be a ridiculous notion but that’s the easiest motive to invent. There are hints and whispers of Russian mob involvement, so the plot thickens. I was touched and saddened by the love Moonlight realized he felt for Scarlett, and perhaps in return from her. Sort of an unrequited love affair. Moonlight is ironically hired as an independent investigator and charged with corroborating the cover-up. What Moonlight finds is more disturbing than anyone could have imagined and may yet blow-up in his face. Dick Moonlight; part-time collaborator, big-time patsy, full-time head case. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • michael martins
  • 16-09-20

Fun Detective novel

Moonlight Falls was an entertaining book. It isn't the most serious or realistic and its protagonist Dick Moonlight can be a bit of
an idiot sometimes but still somehow comes off as likeable and entertaining. The story is interesting enough and keeps you entertained throughout. It is similar to Vincent Zandri's other detective novels in the Steve Jobz series in tone and feel, so if you like those you will like this as well. The narration by Andrew Wehrlen was great as always, he is a very dependable narrator.

Overall it was a good start to a series and would recommend if you like detective series.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Jackie T
  • 21-08-20

Fantastic

As always this writer produces outstanding stories. I loved the narrator who helped make it come alive

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  • JH & DDDH
  • 18-08-20

A Flawed Hero

Dick Moonlight is a loser, suicide survivor, and all-around Bad Decision Maker. However, his heart is in the right place (at last) and he's trying to do the right thing, finally. The book does go on and on, and Moonlight has more than his share of bad luck and powerful enemies. Still, he does his best and by the end, all is revealed. Looking forward to getting into the next book!

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 03-06-20

Great mystery

Vincent Zandri is an excellent writer unfortunately I couldn't get past the language.

Andrew B. Wehrlen does a great job narrating and bringing the characters to life!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Dee
  • 28-05-20

I love this character!

This is book one in the series but I had listened to later books so was aware and already loved Dick Moonlight. This book just added to that affection!! At 10+ hours, this may seem like a long listen but so many things happen, and kept happening, that your mind was in constant motion. Loved it!!

Moonlight has his flaws (many, actually) but he's still the proverbial good guy in the white hat. This time he needs to find out if his lover was murdered by her husband or if she committed suicide. The mystery was well-written and you absolutely could not and would not guess what happened until the very end. That's just great writing!!!

The narration is stellar and consistent throughout and is definitely one aspect of what makes this a great listen.

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  • Q Garcia
  • 13-05-20

Extended Moonlight

This extended version of book one is worth the wait. Starting with the presumed suicide of Moonlight's lover, this has more insight into each of the characters and their dirty deeds. The death shines light onto murders, drugs, and illegal organ harvesting. Snappy dialogue keeps this story from being depressing. I was gifted this from the author.

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  • S A
  • 17-04-20

Interesting Take on the Genre

A deeply flawed character is usually interesting. A deeply flawed character who keeps making the same mistakes is less so.
Everything is pretty dark all the time in the story. It gets a bit oppressive. The plot winds around quite a bit and seems to confuse the main character.
Andrew B. Wehrlen is an excellent narrator and does a good job on this one.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 06-04-20

Good Story & Series

In this we meet Dick Moonlight, his life is on a tight rope with who he is sleeping with, his partner married his ex wife, and life in general. The question needs to be answered, he is a retired cop, and a PI. Good reading, hope it continues more along the PI line. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • Jennypurple
  • 19-04-20

I tried three times

I tried three different times to read this book and just could not get into it