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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  435 ratings  ·  71 reviews
LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new work of fiction 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 has gotten und
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published August 11th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC BOOK! Could not put it down. Another Michael Connelly winner...
Kerry Stewart
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
Once again Harry Bosch didn't disappoint. The Harry Bosch parts were read by Titus Welliver himself. I thoroughly enjoyed!
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, I have read better Bosch books.
Bobby Nash
I finished the latest Michael Connelly novel today. As always, a great read. In 'Dark Sacred Night', Connelly teams up veteran character Harry Bosch with his latest character, Renee Ballard, who we met in 'The Late Shift' novel last year. Bosch and Ballard make a good team and the ending of the novel leaves me fairly confident that they will cross paths again. In addition to telling a good story, I like the dynamic Connelly creates between Bosch and Ballard. They are both driven detectives with ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Sounds like we have a new team of detectives!! Love Bosch and Ballard.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harry is getting older but still a great guy! Books always got a bit out of reality, but that's ok with me!
Christine Tarullo
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Connelly never disappoints, couldn’t put this one down!
Stephanie Tanton
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another winner by Connelly. Bosch and Ballard team up on a cold file case that ties into Bosch’s last mystery. The devastation of the murder of a child and opioid additiction make a sobering story.
Gang allegiances and the murder of street women are also added to make this an up to date mystery.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
So, why is the night sacred? Lots of things happen at night, murder, rape, abduction, but these are not sacred, or are they? Too many subplots. I appreciate that the main plot itself was a fragile frame upon which to develop a story and book, but was bored and confused. Perhaps the purpose of the book was to loosen Bosch from the chains and bureaucracy, with its rules and regulations to protect the innocent, and enable Bosch (with Ballard) to become a Lone Ranger, galloping in to apprehend and p ...more
Steve Powell
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great Harry Bosch novel. Couldn't put it down.
Kennetha Stringer
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Bosch. And Bosch and B as ll as ed together is a bonus. Looks like we'll see them together again.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Harry Bosch novel...loved it
Tamara McKinney
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
He did it again! Loved it ❤ ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Although I'm not yet a fan of the Renee Ballard character, she was a bit more tolerable in this book. Harry Bosch always makes everything better. But I was really disappointed with his "encounter" with Elizabeth, a former addict, so many issues with that poor decision. Overall the book had too many subplots going on and a highly coincidental meeting that led to solving the main crime. But I will always love Harry Bosch, so I'm hoping he stays around with Ballard a long time.
Bobby D
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am new to Michael Connelly as I have only read his last three books although I am surrounded by a history collection of his works because my wife is a big fan.
For me the jury is still out although I think this the best of the three Connelly books I have read. I enjoy the Los Angeles setting because I live there but I am not sure those unfamiliar with the city will visualize it better from Connelly’s descriptions. There is certainly an entertainment quality to the books but the writing is like
John McDonald
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Connelly keeps the mystery of the crime moving in what may yet be the best in the Harry Bosch series, and looks like he has added a new Watson--Renee Ballard--as a keeper partner for his future novels. This, one hopes, will take the weight off Bosch, who I personally think is the type of cop who makes people really dislike police officers--chip on his shoulder, smoldering anger, an inability to follow protocols that give his job some security, forcing confessions, committing crimes like B&E ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michael-connelly
It is amazing how Michael Connelly keeps churning out great reads. Another excellent Harry Bosch novel, and better yet it is shared with another newer great character Renee Ballard.

Harry Bosch working unsolved cases for the San Fernando police department is working a case that he needs info on from the LAPD, and Harry letting nothing stop him when he’s on a case is caught in the act of trying to rifle through old files in the middle of the night at Hollywood division when Detective Ballard who
Rainer Fußgänger
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Michael Connelly still can't let go of his flagship detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. However, Connelly lets Bosch team up with Renée Ballard, the next generation detective, pretty much an outsider in the LAPD like Harry once was.
There is a cold case in the center, but there are lots of other cases that need to be solved by the two.
Plots are still strong and the description of police work is very procedural although I suspect that much is against all rules and some things even impossible, hope
Tracy Mackay
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for my special edition reading copy.

Once again Michael Connelly manages to pump out another Harry Bosch book and it's as good as all the others and does not disappoint. I like that Harry's age has not been swept under the carpet and it's acknowledged that he is getting old and has aches and pains, but it does not stop him. He still has what it takes and still cares for the unsolved cases and their families left behind not knowing what's happened to their loved one.
I am a Bosch fan. I am enjoying Renee Ballard as well.

For those of you who are like me and have read all the Bosch Universe books, you will enjoy it. A Friday night reading Bosch is as much fun to me as going to a concert, movie or out to dinner. It is just good entertainment. I don't even notice the blemishes in the story telling. I just enjoy being in the Bosch Universe again.

I am noticing that the Bosch world is getting smaller as his role with the LAPD and SFPD keeps getting smaller. It is c
By book's end, Bosch is freed from the constraints of structured policing. In future books he will get to go rogue outside departmental regulations. Connelly has multiple options for Harry's character. He could go Travis Bickle, deranged psycho, Paul Kersey, mild mannered businessman turned vigilante or even Batman, Caped Crusader.

I'm sure Michael Connelly will find an incentive approach for this new phase of Bosch tales.

He's already laid the groundwork by introducing and developing the characte
Angus Mcfarlane
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The new Connelly installation with a new character to accompany Bosch. Perhaps it was the distraction of the new kid on the block, but Bosch seemed more likable in this one - mellowing with the age perhaps? As for the new kid, a young policewoman marginalized to the night shift after a run in a former supervisor. It was a good perspective, female protagonist and the goings on of the LA at night - seemed to work well enough for me. As for the plot - a cold case initiated by Bosch but quickly a pa ...more
Brian V
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Judith Moroff
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Seamless. You don't have to read any books in any of the series to pick this up. That's how seamless it is. The two protagonist, Bosch and Ballard, work so very well together. Their instincts are thorough and tireless, and they are relentless. Connelly writes women and men well, without the flowery descriptions that usually follow. It always feels right.
This story wound its way through the canyons again of LA, where you literally see everything thru the prism of the night lights.
Another great
Polly Whitehorn
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Michael Connelly, especially the Harry Bosch crime stories. I feel like I am reading an old friend. I understand his foibles. Connelly has a gift for spinning a thriller that has you on the edge of your seat. This book was no exception. Love the grittiness of his LAPD tales and the shrewd police work that manages to solve the unsolved. I appreciate the introduction of Ballard, a relatively new character that comes with all kinds of baggage adding another layer to the stories. I ha ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Connelly is back on track with this team up of Ballard and Bosch, trying to solve a cold case murder of a young woman on the mean streets of LA. Ballard is a no nonsense detective working the nights of LAPD and SUPing the bay during the day or at least when she isn't working a "hobby" case with Harry.

Good story narration and the author somehow makes the serial killer story unique in a littered landscape of similar situations. Connelly is a guilty pleasure for me amid my propensity for non ficti
Stephen A. Geller
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michael Connelly at his best, with his newest, and intriguing, character, Renee Ballard, teaming with the indomitable Harry Bosch. Hard to put down, the story is filled with twists and turns (as most Connelly books are). Ballard and Bosch differ somewhat in their approaches to police work, with Ballard offering a more contemplative philosophy of action, but they are united in their devotion to truth and justice and the well-being of the good citizens of Los Angeles.
Shiraz Esat
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: connelly
Quick glimpse into the book that connects Ballard to Bosch. I certainly wasn't impressed by the last Ballard book, partly due to lack of continuity in the "Bosch universe", and what I've read so far appears to redeem the mishap.
I was surprised that Connolly chose to go with Ballard, rather than Soto, when choosing to write about another detective, but maybe this book will provide insight - especially with Harry, Lucia and Renee all working together.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harry is working a cold case he started for a person who helped him in the last novel. Harry also has a cold case gang shot caller killing. Ballard is drawn into Harry's favor cold case and is not sure what to make of Bosch. Of course crap hits the fan. Really good characters with good action and intrigue. I like where this series is headed, more Ballard and Bosch is something to look forward to. Connelly is well worth reading. Check it out.
Peter Lees
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another very good Bosch detective novel from Michael Connelly. This book also includes Detective Renee Ballard, who entices Bosch into allowing her to work on a cold case that he is investigating.

I enjoy the police procedural aspects to the book, which for me, make it far more enjoyable.

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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