Moonlight Kills: Vincent Zandri
A random breaking to steal all the floorboards in a house and sell them will send Moonlight and his pal Elvis into a situation they might have to do some fancy footwork and talking to get out of. Not going to yield money but instead, they uncovered ahead of a woman beneath a floorboard and forced them to enlist the help of the APD to find a killer. The story sends Detective Miller to the house wanting to solve this one on his own knowing that if Moonlight is there something off has to have happened. Miller questions and police presence is huge, crime scene takes control of getting evidence, blood samples, and before EMTs take away the head to the ME. But with his background and Elvis by his side, the police enlist their help to pull up all the floorboards hoping to find the rest of the body. The home is owned by a construction team owned by a husband and wife who also consider themselves filmmakers.
Moonlight and Fat Elvis are now unofficial deputies to uncover who killed the victim. Meet Georgie Phillips the ME who will do the autopsy.
Revelations about the mode of death, the observation, and unique findings that the killer was female plus the fact she did mattress commercials and was linked to the Fontaines who owned the property she was found in. Looking them up yields little information but the revelation that they were linked to 2 Russian film producers should send up a red flag.
Moonlight finds himself wanting to see his ex-wife Lola only coming face to face with his replacement.
It gets more interesting when Moonlight faces off with his competition and the two Russians that attack Mikey Fontaine decides to give Moonlight something that might lead him to uncover what’s behind the movie they have funded. The plot gets more complicated as we learn more about these two Russians and who is funding this snuff movie and not just the 2 Russians.
Only Vincent Zandri can create a hard-boiled mystery thriller with humor, sarcasm, and irony plus Fat Elvis who will never give up his passion for food.
Elvis is hired to play a role in the movie that starred the young girl they found dead in the house. Angelic Elvis was just role and Moonlight was in charge of script changes. As we get to know more about Mikey during the filming as he’s either drunk or snoring drugs and making it plain he’s after the replacement and Sasha Ice the Russian backer after Moonlight and much more. The filming takes an interesting turn as Elvis freezes but Moonlight saves the day. We also learn about the scam that the Fontaines pulled on the farmers about saying their land was contaminated with toxins which backfire and explains why the houses are not selling plus the two Russians who are involved too.
Things heat up on the set and off as author Vincent Zandri adds more interesting interplays between Sasha and Moonlight but in his heart, it will always be Lola.
Murders increase as Ben Constantine who enlightened Moonlight to what Fontanes to we’re fount register the land and Ben observing what they and the 2 Russians were doubted to Jane Crawford before, she was killed. Threatening to tell the police about the farmland and what they were doing to her got her killed. The fingernail clues point to one of the Russians but the detective Miller has his theory and the war of law enforcement departments takes notice as Moonlight is at the center of it all as Elvis is kidnapped.
As Ben related to Moonlight what he sees was Jane crying, raped over and over again, and going to have her revenge. He described how Mikey would make sure she would not live another day. Their goal is to make snuff films and Jane’s was accessed by the police on the dark web. Sasha Ice and Aleksandr were responsible for Jane’s death and that of the Constantines too in a graphic way as if they used what they did to them in a horror movie. But Miller finally realizes the truth behind the snuff films and what happened to the farmers and why they had to be shut up for anyone who had anything to do with their operation had to be eliminated. What started as a way to steal the land from the farmers to finance a Hollywood film has gone sideways and more. This focuses on MS13 and how they set on how they set up shop in Albany. As to how they funded it well snuff films. The truths are revealed and the roles of Mikey and Monica come to light but there is no honor among thieves or the mercenary. Russians acting as crew members of the film. Sasha and her partner had their deadly agenda. Are the Fontaines so desperate to regain their money they will resort to anything? As Miller explains the police have been surveilling the low-life gangbangers in Arbor Hill and their goals are to take over blocks from homegrown drug dealers. How can anyone fight what others are too afraid to do and who suffers in the end? The research the author explains about places like Arbor Hill allows readers to understand why a rich and beautiful area became nothing more than a home for poverty, drugs, and crime.
When Miller and Moonlight
take turns dealing with the gangbangers the scene is priceless but will the point be made to the rest? A video says it all as the film that the Fontaines wanted to air was found on the dark web. Anything for profit. Read pages 171-172, and learn about the film first hand. When Elvis’s life is at stake and Moonlight is his only Hope what is planned will shock readers. How he and Miller devise is brilliant but dangerous as author Vincent Zandri devises a takedown so brilliantly crafted and orchestrated with a result you won’t believe. Who wins? Who gets double-crossed? Will Elvis be saved? What about the young girl who replaced Jane Crawford, will she too be a deadly pawn in the major scheme devised by those behind the film?
An ending so terrifying only author Vincent Zandri can create as Moonlight‘s life is at risk and a plan so devious in place but will he find a way to save Elvis and Mary Beth and you won’t believe the fate of some others. An ending so heartbreaking and heartfelt as some revelations come too late but one thing is for sure you want Moonlight on your side.
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