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The Dark Hours Kindle Edition
Finding herself up against deadly inertia and foundering morale in a police department ravaged by the pandemic and recent riots, Ballard must look outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two determined detectives join forces, they cannot relax their guard. The brutal predators they track won't hesitate 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).
'This is unmatched crime writing at its summit.'
'Connelly has created heroic and flawed and very real characters who believably find ways to make things right.'
'Connelly is the real deal.'
-New York Times Book Review
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"Extraordinary... [Connelly] is one of the best in the business at writing about investigations and creating intense suspense, but the relationship between Ballard and Bosch--a professional friendship that grows out of two brilliant minds dedicated to the same difficult but important work--is the cherry on top."--Collette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
"One of this month's best thrillers... Ballard and Bosch are a great combination as they work in and around a police force that Ballard believes too often aims to 'protect and serve the image instead of the citizens.'"--Richard Lipez, Washington Post
"Outstanding... Connelly is the most consistently superior living crime fiction author. The Dark Hours just reinforces that."--Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel
"A masterpiece... Meticulous about actual police procedure, Connelly makes the fundamentals of detective work engrossing while providing plenty of suspense and action."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Connelly is sharp as ever... his stories always manage to explore another piece of the city's soul."--Crimereads
"Stellar... no one who follows Ballard and Bosch to the end will be disappointed. A bracing test of the maxim that "the department always comes first. The department always wins."--Kirkus Reviews
"The fourth Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch novel is the best yet... Ballard has evolved into one of crime fiction's richest, most complex characters."--Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08WTWWPHZ
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (9 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3179 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 400 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 122 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you love the Bosch series, you’ll love this.
I can’t wait for the next instalment.
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Detective Renee Ballard is working a potential murder. During the new year celebrations, a man is killed during the celebratory gunshots into the air. Not satisfied with one case though, there are women being raped and filmed by a two man team. Like her mentor, Harry Bosch, Renee always sees the job through.
The relationship between Ballard and Bosch is nicely rounded. Ballard makes connections on both cases but Harry has years of experience to draw on and is only too happy to be kept in the game.
I could never tire of Bosch and Ballard is a force of nature. As you would expect from Connelly, the plotting is masterful. Connelly clearly keeps himself fully appraised of the latest LAPD slang, practices, gripes, funding and this comes across strongly in his writing. For me, LA itself shares the top billing with Ballard and Bosch. A joy to read.
The stories I most enjoy reading are those with great characterisation, an engaging plot and an atmospheric setting. This story has all three. Bosch and Ballard are very different individuals; their thoughts and views reflect in part their differences in age; Bosch cannot give up a lifetime of finding the perpetrators of crime (especially those crimes which remain unsolved) even though his health is failing and he has been retired for a number of years while Ballard is at that stage of her life when one questions if one's chosen career is what one wants to do for the rest of one's life, and in Ballard's case particularly as her career appears to have stalled.
The plot is really gripping. There are two separate story lines for us to enjoy and each have their moments of high drama and tension.
The setting is Los Angeles and Connelly's portrayal of the city pulls no punches - we get to see the good as well as the dark underside of LA and its inhabitants.
I have read most of the Michael Connelly's novels and for me this is a cracking read, so I have no hesitation in rating it five stars and recommending it to anyone who enjoys reading police procedural crime novels that are set in the present day and which are strong on character, plot and atmosphere.
The worst part of reading it is constantly flinching at Connelly's stretching and bending of the narrative to fit what he apparently feels are the political requirements of contemporary society. The book is absolutely drowning in Covid piety. Ballard can't take a step without reassuring us that she's putting on her face mask. Heck, even when she has to lower her mask to drink a cup of coffee she quickly announces to us that she has turned her head away from everyone else. It's not a pretty sight to watch a fine novelist desperately pandering to popular culture the way Connelly does in this book, and I suspect the novel will age very poorly because of it.
Maybe the book's just too California for me, but by a quarter of the way in it was already feeling like the Karen of crime novels. I'm sick to death of being lectured in real life. I sure as hell don't want to be lectured when I settle down with a new cop novel.
Amendment:. It took longer for me to be gripped by this book, but when I was it lived up to expectations