A MURDER HE CAN'T FORGET.
A CASE ONLY SHE CAN SOLVE.
'OUTSTANDING' IAN RANKIN
Amazon Best 100 Books of The Year
Barnes & Noble Best Books of The Year
Top Ten Best Thrillers of the Year - Washington Post
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Daisy Clayton's killer was never caught. In over ten years, there has been no breakthrough in her murder case.
Detective Renée Ballard has faced everything the LAPD's notorious dusk-till-dawn graveyard shift has thrown at her. But, until tonight, she'd never met Harry Bosch - an ex-homicide detective consumed by this case.
Soon, she too will become obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton.
Because Ballard and Bosch both know: every murder tells a story. And Daisy's case file reads like the first chapter in an untold tragedy that is still being written - one that could end with Ballard herself, if she cannot bring the truth to light...
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CRIME DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN CONNELLY.
'One of the world's greatest crime writers' Daily Mail
'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian
'A terrific writer with pace, style and humanity to spare' The Times
'America's greatest living crime writer' Daily Express
'The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation' Ian Rankin
'A master' Stephen King
'A genius' Independent on Sunday
'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child
'One of the great storytellers of crime fiction' Sunday Telegraph
'Justly regarded as one of the world's finest crime writers' Mail On Sunday
'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard
LAPD Det. Ren e Ballard, first seen in 2017's The Late Show, makes a welcome return in this outstanding, complex police procedural. Relegated to the night shift at the Hollywood Station following a sexual harassment suit against her former lieutenant, Ballard works her cases with a quiet focus and intensity. Late one night, Ballard surprises a man looking through some old case files. It turns out to be retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch, now working cold cases for the San Fernando PD. After Bosch leaves, Ballard takes a look at the file, detailing the unsolved 2009 murder of Daisy Clayton, a 15-year-old runaway. The slain girl was the daughter of a recovering addict, who has been taken in by Bosch. Ballard is hooked, and begins working the case with Bosch. Meanwhile, Bosch's investigation into another cold case, the execution-style killing of a 52-year-old gang leader, has put the detective squarely in the sights of Varrio San Fer 13, one of the valley's most violent gangs. Bosch and Ballard, both outsiders with complicated pasts, form a perfect partnership in this high spot of Edgar-winner Connelly's long and distinguished career.
Bosch and Ballard
Wasn't sure how the teaming of these two slight outcasts would work ... But needn't have worried as they compliment each other brilliantly.
Great story build up, with other cases along the way for them both, which adds to the realism of cops dealing with the day job.
Interesting addition of "black ops" SIS cops and how that triggered a response in Bosch. Wonder if he'll end up joking them in the future.
Bring on the next book with these two characters!
He Gets Better
I confees to being a little bored by Haryy Bosch on his own. But I love Micky Haller books. Then I read a previous book with Ms Ballard and Bosch; and another with Haler/Bosch.
Without knowing much about life in LA, I felt this book brought to life the ambience of the place and the uphll struggle that law enforcement has. Unlike another reviewer, I like the flavour of political correctness; it seems to reflect real life. Furthermore, both charachters displayed lapses in both their attenttion to this pervasive influence on society.
Towards the end of the book, having enjoyed the interplay between these two charachters, I was thinking: “wouldn’t it be great if Mr C wrote a book featuring these two heroes and Micky Haller”. It is therefore, with eager anticipation that I have just read the sample of exactly that and eagerly await the full book!
I enjoy the Harry Bosch novels,I enjoyed the original Ballard, but this mixing of the two does not work,This as a collection of chapters oneach detectives own cases .
The supposed main investigation just sat in the background, till the end.