Moonlight Weeps: Vincent Zandri
Brash, unethical, unique, crass, never one to hold back his thoughts and definitely does not model himself after anyone, Dick Moonlight hits the spotlight in this wild, zany and wickedly crafted novel by NY Times best selling author Vincent Zandri. Drinks too much, smokes like a raging chimney and with a head with a bullet lodged in his brain, Dick Moonlight is anything but your stereotypical private detective. Money is tight and he has been working hoping to catch someone’s ex-girlfriend cheating, little does he know that his next gig would be working for a corrupt, medically unsound and cash depraved brain surgeon who is in danger of not only losing his medical license due to numerous lawsuits against him but who has been profiting from selling pain killers to the Russian mob. Using his son, his friends and others to sell to young teens in his son’s school, this well known and surgeon thinks he’s above the law and even condones the irrational, crude, dangerous and rude behaviors his son exhibits. But, things are not that simple when Moonlight is hired by this man to be his driver when his son is arrested for on a rape and reckless murder charge. The young girl, Amanda, is the daughter of a powerful state senator and the events surrounding a party she and his son attended with others in the Doctor’s home are sketchy. When Moonlight agrees to work for the Doctor, encounters his unfriendly Russian friends one police detective named Miller, decides to use him for his own purposes. Tossed around and with his new assistant, a client who could not pay him, believe it or not an overweight Elvis impersonator they both forge ahead to not only bring down the doctor but also bring closure for the police detective since the doctor is the one who performed surgery and his wife who died on the table. Drunk, skunked out and not really able to operate, the surgeon forged ahead and the end result was tragic. With the help of the medical examiner Moonlight learns more than what he needs to know to want to take this man down. But, first he has to befriend him and convince him and pretend he is on his side even it means joining his drug operation. The police take it that Amanda committed suicide due to the rape and the pictures that the surgeon’s son posted on Facebook. But, when information comes to light from some of his so-called friends, a different picture is painted including the real relationship between Stephen and Amanda. Stephen claims to be gay and that Amanda came on to him and he decided to get even with her when she refused to back off. Who is telling the truth and is he responsible for her death? Moonlight is the only one that can prove his guilt or innocence. But, one young man, Kevin Woods is out to make sure that Stephen pays for the death of his girlfriend. With the help of his unwilling assistant, who keeps him supplied with cigarettes, beer and chips they form an unholy alliance to take down the Russians deal with corruption in the government, a crooked and incompetent surgeon and hopefully clear Stephen of murder. But, there is more as Moonlight’s girlfriend, Lola who he thinks has died appears or he thinks she appears and the end result will surprise readers as he is torn between finding her, solving the case, dodging bullets, being called Bruce Willis, the Scarface references and the dry and sarcastic sense of humor that only author Vincent Zandri can deliver through Moonlight.
Moonlight is determined to get to the bottom of what really happened to Amanda but the twist and curve balls that the author throws in many different directions will prove that things are not always what they seem and revenge is sweet and is enacted when you least expect it to be. Asked to attend the birthday party for Dr. Schroder’s son, Moonlight is enlisted to not only rid the doctor of his Russian compatriots but also join in the festivities of snorting, drinking and imbibing. But, things go astray as the Russians have other ideas in mind; one police detective thinks he has it all mapped out, as the explosive ending will send more than just Moonlight ducking bullets and dodging for cover. With the help of one medical examiner, one police detective and someone close to the Senator, Moonlight thinks he has it all figured out. But, the end result will not be what anyone expects as drugs, alcohol and a deranged teenager forms a strange alliance with the Russians and the end will send shock waves throughout the doctor’s home. A young man falling prey to drugs, a birthday cake that sends everyone for cover and an ending that will change many lives forever. “Revenge is a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance, be it real or perceived. It is also called payback, retribution, retaliation or vengeance.” (Wikipedia)
Vengeance can be sweet, enlightening and illuminating when enacted as some might feel for the right reasons. Who is really guilty? Who is innocent? Whose friendships are tested and whose morals are in question? Author Vincent Zandri takes readers inside the heart and mind of Dick Moonlight as he comes full circle with something and someone from his past. But, there is much more to come when the author pens the next chapter and we learn the fate of Lola and the truth behind her death.
What happens when a father refuses to face his son’s failings and preys on them for his own purposes? What happens when a young teen is crying for help and gets caught in a web of lies and deceit? These issues and much more should alert parents that allowing teens to have parties in their homes with liquor and drugs just might come back to more than bite you in the face.
Dick Moonlight is hardnosed, hardheaded, often drunk, never really too concerned that he should not drink or smoke so much, a definite hot looking guy and a force to be more than reckoned with. What’s next for him and will they bring back Elvis? What happens at the end will change it for not only him but for someone else: Moonlight Weeps: Find out when and why? Since this reviewer like Moonlight loves black coffee with no sugar let’s give this outstanding novel: FIVE CUPS OF BLACK COFFEE IN FIVE GOLDEN CUPS !
Fran Lewis: Reviewer