Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Harry Bosch teams up with LAPD detective Renée Ballard to solve the murder of a young girl in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.
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).
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316484800
0316484806
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 433 pages ; 25 cm

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Hillsboro_ChrisK Nov 14, 2018

If I’m counting correctly, Dark Sacred Night is Connelly’s 23rd novel starring LA detective Harry Bosch. There have been a few dud novels on the way (you have my permission to skip 2009’s Nine Dragons) but the series has held up remarkably well over time since 1992’s The Black Echo. Last year, Connelly introduced a new series and detective Renee Ballard with his book The Late Show. Dark Sacred Night brings Bosch and Ballard together as they unravel two cases. The narrative trades back and forth between the two in an interesting fashion. Connelly does a great job contrasting how the two characters think about and approach the problem with this structure. Some crime novels are better than others at hiding the moving parts. In some, you can see the scenery creaking into place and the bad guy lurking in the wings. At his best, Connelly’s books are real magic shows: compelling, complex and seamless storytelling. While Dark Sacred Night may not be entirely perfect (A character is introduced so that he can give one piece of information then is completely dropped. It reminded me of a 1930s movie where they spin a bunch of newspapers on to the screen so that the headlines can give you important information without wasting valuable screen time.), it will still be one of the best crime novels you will read this year.

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workhorse6491
Nov 11, 2018

Disappointed with this one of Connellys. Oh, the thriller/police procedural stuff is there; the new partner is gnarley, etc. etc. What I miss is the writing quality, the asides of Bosch's philosophy and, in general, the sense of place. I'll give him (them?) one more chance... next book.

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ValinOR14
Nov 04, 2018

How I love this series! The Black Echo was the book that got me totally hooked on crime/detective books. Even though I have read books by many different authors since then, the Harry Bosch novels hold a special place in my heart. I love the addition of Renee Ballard to the cast of characters in Michael Connelly's books, and putting Renee with Harry Bosch was brilliant! I like the fact that neither of them had to settle for secondary roles in this book. Neither is the type to leave a case behind when their shift is done. Like Bosch, she has an intensity about her and her never-quit, follow-a-case-no-matter-where-it-leads attitude is something Bosch has embodied for three decades. Even though this book went back and forth between the characters' perspective, which is something I normally dislike, he did so in such a manner that totally worked. I can't wait to read more of anything this author chooses to write!!

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MarciaLouise4
Oct 30, 2018

Please add the digital versions of this book - both ebook (Kindle) and downloadable audiobook.
Thank you

JCLGreggW Sep 17, 2018

Another winner by best-in-the-business Connelly, who introduces Harry Bosch to late shift Hollywood Station detective Renée Ballard, who helps on a cold case murder that gets personal. The two form a powerful team that'll keep Connelly's fans - and first timers - satisfied.

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rbayliss_0
Jun 14, 2018

Please place a hold on this book for me. I inadvertently clicked on "Cancel hold" and now cannot add it. Thank you....Robert Bayliss

debwalker Apr 29, 2018

Another cold case investigation with Bosch partnering with Renee Bullard. Knew that would happen.

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