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A CRIME BURIED FOR YEARS.
AND ONE THAT'S JUST BEGUN...
'An authentic, topical and terrifying thriller: one of Michael Connelly's very best'
'Yet another superb thriller from a writer at the top of his game'
MAIL ON SUNDAY
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A MURDER YEARS IN THE MAKING
A murder in the middle of a street party seems a senseless tragedy. But the victim had a dark past which came back to haunt him.
THE DEEPER YOU LOOK
Detective Renée Ballard connects the killing to an unsolved case last worked by ex-LAPD legend Harry Bosch. But then a new crime shatters the night shift...
THE DARKER IT GETS
The Midnight Men are a deadly pair of predators who stalk the city during the dark hours and disappear without a trace.
Ballard once believed her job was to bring the truth to light. In a police department shaken to the core by protests and pandemic, both cases have the power to save her - or end her...
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CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY:
'One of the very best writers working today' Sunday Telegraph
'The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation' Ian Rankin
'The best mystery writer in the world' GQ
'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child
'A master' Stephen King
'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian
'America's greatest living crime writer' Daily Express
'A crime writing genius' Independent on Sunday
In bestseller Connelly's stellar fourth novel featuring LAPD Det. Renée Ballard (after 2019's The Night Fire), Ballard leads the way on two separate cases: the shooting death of Javier Raffa, a former gang member, and the search for a pair of serial rapists dubbed the Midnight Men. A recovered bullet connects the Raffa shooting to an old case of Connelly's main series lead, Harry Bosch. Though Bosch is retired, he willingly helps out and ends up playing a key role in investigating both cases. Meticulous about actual police procedure, Connelly makes the fundamentals of detective work engrossing while providing plenty of suspense and action, including one genuinely shocking scene of violence involving Ballard. He also excels at imbuing his narratives with social commentary, a talent showcased in this entry, which opens with Ballard and her reluctant police partner, Lisa Moore, parked near a homeless encampment on New Year's Eve 2020 ("It had been a bad year with the pandemic and social unrest and violence"). Along the way to a surprising, even hopeful ending, Connelly avoids polemics while exploring such issues as internal disaffection among the police (including Ballard's ambivalence about her career), misogyny and domestic violence, and the political divide that resulted in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. This is a masterpiece.