By Vincent Zandri
Genre: Adult Suspense, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: StoneGate Ink
Publication Date: August 13,2011
“Life sucks. Then you die. Or, if you’re Dick Moonlight, first you die and then you live.”
Dick Moonlight is dead.
Really dead this time, now that three President Obama-masked thugs dressed all in black and communicating only with hand-held voice synthesizers pressed up against their voice boxes have beat the life right out of him inside a dark, downtown Albany alley. What are the thugs after? A box. Size, weight, description unknown. They also want him to stay away from his newest and only client: a handicapped nuclear engineer of dubious Russian heritage by the same of Peter Czech.
But then, now that they’ve killed him, Moonlight’s problems seem to be over. In fact, as he undergoes an out of body experience, his soul floating above his train-wreck of a corpse inside the Albany Medical Center I.C.U., he feels pretty damned good. Great in fact. To make death all the more sweeter, his one true love, Lola, is standing by his bedside. With her long dark hair draping her chiseled face and big round Jackie O sunglasses hiding tear-filled eyes, she appears every bit the grieving sig other. Nothing could make the dead-and-gone Moonlight prouder.
But then something happens. Something bad. A man enters into the I.C.U. Some young guy. He takes hold of Lola’s hand, and pulls her into him. Together, the two share a loving embrace over Moonlight’s dead body. Now, what seemed like a peaceful death is anything but. Moonlight wants back inside his body so he can face-off Some Young Guy and find out if his true love has in fact been cheating on him. At the same time, he wants to find out the true identity of those thugs who killed him so he can exact his revenge. No doubt about it, Moonlight needs to live if he’s going to uncover some pretty painful answers and take care of business.
Like a little kid dropping down a playground slide, Moonlight slides right back inside his bruised and broken body. Opening his eyes the white light blinds him. He feels the pain of his wounds and the pain of his breaking heart.
Life sucks, then you die.
But Moonlight rises.
Moonlight is back and in another brilliant and riveting action-packed novel. This time, Moonlight is out looking for who killed him. Say what?! Killed him? If he's dead how can he be hunting down the Obama guys? The Obama guys? So tell me, are you intrigued yet?
Richard (Dick) Moonlight is a gritty and tough private investigator that is far from perfect, making him a character you really can wrap your mind around. His humanity makes him believable and his sense of humor and quirkiness (like his short- term memory loss) makes him an easy favorite - a character that you want to follow through a series.
If you haven't read any of the Moonlight series, you might want to start at the beginning. "Moonlight Rises" can be read as a stand alone, but reading through the series makes it even better because you really get to know Moonlight.
If you have never read a Vincent Zandri novel, do yourself a favor and make one of his works your next read. He has a style that grabs hold of you. There's something mesmerizing about his writing and characters that makes it difficult for me to put the book aside, so I've just given in to the fact that when I get one of his novels, I make sure to block out a whole day, so I read the whole thing in one sitting.
Please note that these novels are geared for the adult audience. Language and situations are rough - certainly not for the kids.
About the Author
Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling Amazon Kindle author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, CONCRETE PEARL and the forthcoming MOONLIGHT RISES. 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...
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