The Dark Hours - Michael Connelly

The Dark Hours

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,457 Ratings

Description

“A masterpiece”—LAPD detective Renée Ballard must join forces with Harry Bosch to find justice in a city scarred by fear and social unrest after a methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve (Publishers Weekly).

There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.
 
Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder—a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.
 
Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.
 
Unfolding with unstoppable drive and nail-biting intrigue, The Dark Hours shows that “relentless on their own, Ballard’s and Bosch’s combined skills…could be combustible” (Los Angeles Times).

Reviews

  • The Dark Hours

    5
    By PE95000
    Excellent! Didn’t want it to end. Do hope there will be another very soon. Aloha
  • Dark hours

    4
    By parkzy50
    Been following Harry from the get go. Reality is we all grow old. Connelly has done a good job segueing to Ballard, keeping Bosch in the picture. Not that I’m a fan of getting old, but still a good read as Renee has many of his do the right thing qualities .
  • Strong

    5
    By bu stu
    Pretty darn good!
  • Wow!

    5
    By JJJCP90
    Enjoyed this read from start to finish
  • Dark Hours

    5
    By Peter 14
    Great story than blended social commentary with an intriguing mystery!
  • Still the Master

    5
    By rcbma
    Connolly, like his Bosch and Ballard characters, gets the job done. His emphasis upon doing what is right v. always playing by others’ rules, reminds me of pre-Trump life. Life where ethics, caring about the underdog and bi-partisan politics meant something. Thanks, Mr. Connolly. Always a fan.
  • A good read right to the last page

    4
    By kid lex
    Connelly is always good but this was one of his better ones. A good read right to the last page.
  • Like a fine wine with age. Kudos to Michael for another hit. We love you Harry !

    5
    By Beepath
    I have read all of the Harry books, love that he has a mentee that is willing to carry on Harry’s legacy. Michael, after 25+ years, is still one of my favorite authors. Great book and even better if you are a Harry fan. I hope Renee goes back and can bring Harry back as well and even loop in his daughter. Wow, Harry, Renee, and his daughter are on team that will change LAPD.
  • Sorry, but glad it’s over!

    5
    By goldydaone
    Excellent work by Connelly. Quick read, we’ll written and a page turner. Ballard and Bosch are the killer B’s - champion crime fighters, if a bit unconventional. Can’t wait for the next.
  • The dark hours

    5
    By Bee britches
    The book was very good as usual however the authors liberal left-wing democratic virus could’ve been left out Dr. James Roy Appleton Junior