Harry Bosch teams up with LAPD Detective Renée Ballard to face the unsolved murder of a runaway, and the fight to bring a killer to justice.
Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat -- known in LAPD slang as "the late show" -- and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin.
Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. She has never been the kind of cop who leaves the job behind at the end of her shift -- and she wants in.
The murder, unsolved, was of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed, her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy, and to finally bring her killer to justice. Along the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.
Dark Sacred Night for the first time brings together these two powerhouse detectives in a riveting story that unfolds with furious momentum. And it shows once more why "there's no doubt Connelly is a master of crime fiction" (Associated Press).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This lean L.A. detective story features two of Michael Connelly’s most formidable characters: perennial favorite Harry Bosch and the more newly minted Renée Ballard. Connelly brings his relentless investigators together to crack a cold case, which evolves into a mystery reeking of corruption. Ballard, in particular, steals the show: She’s an un-quirky, undamaged crime-fiction heroine who corners the market on cool competence and brilliant logic. Connelly’s unsentimental portrayal of Los Angeles turns the city into a dark and charismatic co-star, making his gritty, realistic tale that much more absorbing.
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.
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This should have been advertised as a Ballard novel......Bosch was just passing thru....definitely not up to snuff...if you are a Harry Bosch fan I wouldn’t recommend.
Phoned it In
I own almost every book Michael Connelly has ever written. I was so very disappointed with this one. Neither character drew me in. Bosch doesn’t feel like the same character anymore. Ballard’s blatant disregard for her own safety just doesn’t cut it. It was like Connelly had forgotten all police procedures he has written over the past two decades. Overall, the book was choppy. Maybe he’s too busy on the set of Bosch. Either way, it feels like he just phoned this one in without filling out the characters. I hope the next one is better.
Detective Ballard Returns!
Welcome back, Renee! Another great one!