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Dark Sacred Night

(Harry Bosch #21)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  49,075 ratings  ·  3,775 reviews
10 hours, 39 minutes

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that ha
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Published October 30th 2018 by Little, Brown & Company
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Dan Shonka Bosch was always getting the raw end of precinct & LAPD politics. Seems like he finally got the main dude (chief?) caught in some corruption. But it t…moreBosch was always getting the raw end of precinct & LAPD politics. Seems like he finally got the main dude (chief?) caught in some corruption. But it took a long time, and always added some tension to the stories. With Ballard no longer in the knucklehead’s domain, we likely won’t see it. Bosch and Ballard are both undeniably great detectives, who have gotten into scrapes that their critics will always remember and hold against them.(less)
Chris Ivie as david said, not required but youre missing out on a lot of amazing stories! start at the beginning, i did :)

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Susanne  Strong
5 Spectacular Stars.

Have you ever been scared to crack open a book? Nerves jangled? Stomach in knots? Desperate to find out what happens to your favorite character, yet frightened of what’s inside? Yep… that’s me. I had an ARC of “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly in my hands, a copy of which I was lucky enough to score and I was scared straight. Dying to open it and start reading, yet terrified. What if it doesn’t measure up? With each passing year, my anxiety has reached greater heights w
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
**4.5 STARS**

Night shift detective Renée Ballard is writing a report in the wee small hours of the morning concerning a woman found dead in the bathtub, when she notices a stranger going through the filing cabinets across the other side of the office. The man appears intent on finding something, and in his eagerness to discover whatever it is he’s looking for, he clearly hasn’t seen Renée watching him! After throwing him out, she discovers that it’s detective Harry Bosch who you used to work out
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michael Connelly brings us the second in the LAPD detective Renee Ballard series and he brings in Harry Bosch, a man Renee knows nothing about. Renee has been shunted onto The Late Show, the Hollywood nightshift, after an injustice earlier, but oddly enough she has settled in there and somehow it suits her. Her partner is on bereavement leave and she is on her own when she is called to a home where a woman's body, heavily decomposing, is discovered. It is assumed to be murder but it does not tak ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good read.

✓ Readable police procedure and politics
✓ Complicated and conflicted characters
✓ Every character has their own agenda
✓ An Avenger seeking justice for all—every life matters

I didn't love it, but I wouldn't mind reading more.
David Putnam
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Loved it. Full disclosure though, Michael Connelly gave me a wonderful blurb for my first book so I might be a little biased.
In Dark Sacred Night, Connelly is back to form. I read it in two sitting. It's not fair to rate heavy hitters like Connelly with all other writers so I compare them to their own works. This one is a solid five stars. I liked the way he wove the everyday life of a detective into the story without dropping tension even once. I was a cop for 31 years and this ran
Larry H
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when an author who has written many books in a series introduces a new character, I worry that the effect may be kind of like when sitcoms of the past introduced a new, young character (e.g., Cousin Oliver in "The Brady Bunch"), and it essentially ruins the series.

When Michael Connelly introduced LAPD Detective Renée Ballard in last year's The Late Show (see my review), my fears were proven unfounded, because Ballard was such a complex, flawed, fascinating character (much like Harr
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Harry Bosch series and enjoyed the first Renee Ballard novel. So, I was excited to see the two detectives join forces. And I was not disappointed.
One thing I love about Connelly’s mysteries is that he doesn’t sugarcoat the workload of a Detective. No one has the luxury of working a single case, especially a cold one. Both Renee and Harry have their hands full. There’s lots of action here. This is one of those books that called to me and kept me reading well passed when I should have
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Police procedural fans
I loved Dark Sacred Night from start to finish. The minute I turned the audio cd on in my car I knew #2 in the series would be terrific.

Connelly brings Harry Bosch in to team up with Renée Ballard for the first time and it works. Harry Bosch, now retired and working as a reserve detective for the San Fernando Valley police department, has his sights on solving a cold case. LAPD late shift detective, Renée Ballard, finds Harry going through files at the station and decides she would like to join
Diane S ☔
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many, many years ago I was drawn into a series featuring a young detective named Harry Bosch. I subsequently went on to read him again and again. Enticing cases he fdefinitel worked, but it was the detective, his life, both rather dark and gloomy, that kept me coming back again and again. There was just something g that drew me to this flawed but very noble character. Eventually as he aged, he found himself forced into retirement by the very department he had so long served. Yet, he could not le ...more
Most of the books I pick up are fiction. I have one of those jobs that introduces me to life’s less glamorous realities on a daily basis so I read for escape. But as with non-fiction, I learn something from every story. Of all the lessons I will take away from this book, the most important may be this. Feed your cat. Faithfully, continuously & in large quantities. In fact, just cut a hole in the bottom of a 50 kg bag & leave it out on the kitchen floor, ok? You might thank me later.

Renée Ballard
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Always finding ways to be unique with his writing, Michael Connelly offers up something different for his fans in this latest novel, which mixes two of his most talked-about protagonists. Two detectives from two jurisdictions, sharing their life stories and bound together by a single cold case that has them fully committed. While working the ‘late show’, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard comes across former LAPD legend Harry Bosch flipping through old files. Ballard soon learns that Bosch is working ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded down to 4 stars.
This library book is another great police procedural by a master storyteller. Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to solve two separate cold cases. Bosch is working to solve the 9 year old murder of a teenager. She is the daughter of a drug addict whose warning when he was undercover on a previous case saved his life. Bosch is also working on a cold case for the San Fernando Police Dept. The murder happened 14 years ago. The victim was a gang leader and
Detective Renee Ballard was working on her report for the night’s killing back at Hollywood Station when she heard someone at the files on the other side of the office. That was Ballard’s first meeting with retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. Bosch was working a nine year old cold case – the murder of a young fifteen year old which he was determined to solve. The nine year gap made it much harder. When Ballard learned of the case, she was keen to help Bosch – and so it came about that the late s ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this story much more than Renee Ballard #1. 9 of 10 stars
Andrew Smith
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed the first Ballard book, The Late Show, in which the young female cop showed some of the vim and vigor we’d seen from Harry Bosch back when he too was an LAPD detective. Banished to the night shift after calling out her boss for sexual harassment, Ballard consequently nursed a chip on her shoulder as she remorselessly chased down her quarry. I thought it was a great book and seemed to promise a even money chance that at some point in the future she’d share some page space with Bo ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a combo Harry Bosch-Renée Ballard story. In my opinion, Bosch is a given; there’s no doubt he can easily carry the plot. Ballard, though, is almost an unknown in spite of reading the first book, The Late Show, where she is introduced. With that book, I had reservations about her being a stereotyped female Bosch. This book proves that may be the case, but it absolutely works and I’m thrilled! Bosch has always done things his way and mostly gets the job done. Ballard is very similar; ...more
A request for a simple wellness check starts the ball rolling.  The woman on whom Detective Renee Ballard is calling is long past answering her doorbell.  The revolting stench greeting Ballard as she enters the home proves it.  Meanwhile, our old friend Harry Bosch is investigating a cold case.  He's semi-retired now, but his no bullshit attitude and tenaciousness are intact.  He's getting older, has a trick knee, and makes the occasional error in judgment.  It is inevitable that Bosch and Balla ...more
Marcel Driel
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
The team up between Ballard and Bosch does a disservice to both: Dark Sacred Night is an unusual bland and sometimes even boring book which is more like a series of events than a story with a interesting plot. The ending is better then what came before, but the solution to the mystery came out of nowhere. Hopefully Connelly will get his groove back with his next novel.
Manuel Antão
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Rump and Rexit: "Dark Sacred Night" by Michael Connelly

Connelly even tries to paper over it later, having one of his character vaguely muse about how stupid it was. This is just lazy writing. “Literary” novels can get away with a lot if the language is impressive enough. Crime novels are hard. If I was a crime fiction writer I'd want the fact that I could write Literary Crime Fiction hushed up. I wouldn’t want anyone to know I could tu
L.A. Starks
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stellar book from Michael Connelly. In this one he alternates established everyman protagonist Harry Bosch with newer main character Renee Ballard.

Harry is always an empathetic character--strong, virtuous, sensitive--but Connelly and his editor have done a good job of providing an experienced, alternate, woman's voice in Renee Ballard.

Highly recommended. Put Dark Sacred Night next in your TBR stack.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this 21st book in the 'Harry Bosch' series, Michael Connelly unites the vintage sleuth with his new detective Renee Ballard.....and they turn out to be a good match. The novel provides enough background information to be read as a standalone.


Detective Harry Bosch worked for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for over three decades but was always a maverick who bent the rules and eschewed authority. Thus Harry was finally pushed out of the LAPD, and eventually took a job wi
Renee Ballard is working her usual late night shift when she finds a man going through files at the station. It turns out this stranger is Harry Bosch, a retired detective, who is working on a cold case that has turned personal. Ballard sends him on his way, but begins looking into the files Bosch was flipping through. Once she does, she becomes interested in the case too: fifteen-year-old Daisy, a runaway who was horrifically murdered, her body left on the streets. Ballard begins investigating ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Bosch than Ballard, Dark Sacred Night teams up Michael Connelly's longtime protagonist with his latest to create a well balanced and entertaining police procedural bathed in the darkness of LA's nighttime underworld.

Bosch has a case which haunts him; the murder of an underage prostitute he's never been able to solve. The case eats away at him. Every day he's reminded of his failure, in part due to the dead prostitutes mother who shares his personal residence - their relationship purely plat
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Michael Connelly is an great crime thriller writer with the excellent character Harry Bosch, but he doesn't stop there. He has created other enjoyable lead characters like Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) and now Renee Ballard who comes into her own in this 2nd book where she teams up with
retired detective Harry Bosch.
Detective Renee Ballard works the late shift and teams up with Bosch who is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a drug addicted runaway who was brutally
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
" I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship ". If you have seen the movie Casablanca, then you know this classic line. And, it's such a perfect way to describe the paring of Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch.

DARK SACRED NIGHT is the second Ballard book and the 29th Bosch. And, I was thrilled to get a copy of the book. Bosch was mentioned in The Late Show, the first Ballard book, but I never thought that we would get a crossover so early. I thought perhaps a cameo or something in the
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Boy, oh boy, is Harry Bosch one crackerjack and doggedly indominatable detective! And that same streak of sheer tenacity always gets him into deep kaka both with his bosses and with the bad guys.

Take this book.

Bosch is left half-dead in a cage in sweltering Southern California scrubland with nary a hope to his credit - and he woulda bought the farm this time for sure - were it not for Renee’s own terrific tenacity.

Renee? That’s Renee Ballard, the young, energetic and resourceful assistant into
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is book 21 of the Harry Bosch series and book 3 of the Renee Ballard/ H. Bosch series. The book picks up where the last one left off. Therefore, it is important to read the latest series in order. Ballard is a Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division Detective and Harry Bosch is working cold cases at the San Fernando Police Department. They are working together to solve the murder of Daisy Clayton.

The book is well written; the plot twists and turns and the suspense builds. As usua
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, thriller
The Late Show introduced Renée Ballard and in Dark Sacred Night Ballard we meet Bosch. This is really the book that establishes the premise for the rest of the series. I think I am going to enjoy this partnership. Both Ballard and Bosch are lone characters, both are very experienced and very good detectives, very dedicated and willing to bend the rules. I have always been ambivalent about whether to start the Bosch series and I thought this new series would be a good way to dip my toe in the Bos ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Regretfully, I think this will my last Harry Bosch detective novel. Such a pity because I was quite fond of them and read a lot of them over the years. The story and behaviourism of Harry and also Renee Ballard in this story is getting too formulaic and there’s an unnecessary abundance of pulling out and waving of guns, but I grant that for Americans this would feel like a normal course of action. Michael Connelly was always very fond of going into details about proper police procedures but, rea ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
All the stars and more for my favourite detective Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard teaming up in Dark Sacred Night. Michael Connelly was one of the first "grown up " authors that my Dad got me hooked on when I was a teenager and all these years later he is still going strong. I was so very excited to be approved for an early copy of this book and writing a review for it terrifies me! I hope that I can do this book and the author justice.

When you have a character like Harry Bosch who bends the rule
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache

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