The Dark Hours
By Michael Connelly
A Wall Street Journal and South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Book of the Year
“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).
Get the politics out3By Cullen$yAlways a good read from Connelly. I noticed some politics entering the narrative and wanted to correct his statement re the “insurrection” where he states the capitol police officer died from his injuries confronting protestors when in fact, according to the medical examiner, he died from a blood clot at the base of his skull which caused 2 strokes. One could argue the clot was vaccine induced but that narrative is not allowed to be discussed.
Dark hours4By unclebuzRefreshing to read a well written book again.
Renee’ Ballard and Harry Bosch team up again5By Mary S. MunroA pair of serial rapists on the loose in LA and a man who had managed to escape the violent gang lifetime is dead with a bullet wound during his New Years Eve party. In our nation’s Capital violent rioters are attempting a coup to take down our democracy. Covid is killing hundreds daily. With crime and death all around her, Detective Renee’ Ballard tries her best to work within the now broken LAPD. Her dogged determination turns up theories that no one else in the department wants to follow. She turns to Harry Bosch for help.
Dark Hours5By SpideyMac1949As long as there’s still a place for Harry in this series then Renee Rocks
Evil, the pandemic, and hopeful change.4By southwindshmI want to give this a 4.5, but not possible. I enjoyed the story and how it incorporated the pandemic. Hearing a bit about Bosch was interesting too. Don’t want to tell more, but the read was good and I did not want it to end. 4.5.
Just the Right Amount of Bosch5By CrimeSolverExcellent book. Just the right amount of Bosch salted into the story to make familiar and interesting.
👌🏻5By hogbastardTypical Connelly, I like it!
No More Politics3By thisitguysMr. Connelly should not insert his political views (no matter how subtle) into books. If I wanted to pay money for a political opinion, I would not go to Michael Connelly.
HORRIBLE!1By Nike AthleteWorst of his books. For the LOVE OF GOD keep Politics and the “Pandemic” out of the books. Enough that we lived through it already, we don’t need a reminder.
Easy Read4By Eyerish21This was an easy read and as usual from Michael Connelly a well laid out plot.