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Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch, #21; Renée Ballard, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #31)
Harry Bosch, one of the great detective protagonists, works with Renee Ballard, a Los Angeles detective. This is a police procedural at the detail level. Ballard is working several cases unrelated to the main plot. They drift off into inconsequential conclusions, sometimes no conclusions. Ordinarily, this would be a weakness, but Connelly makes them work for the story, giving a realistic picture of how a detective’s day might actually play out, with all the high points and frustrations rolled in over the story line. Connolly’s gritty, close up look at policing brings a challenge most writers have difficulty overcoming: the technical lecture. Ballard the cop speaking directly to Bosch the former cop would say something like, “LT’s gonna need a DD5.” Both cops … but few if any readers … would know what that means. On the other hand, cops wouldn’t say to each other, “You know, you’ll have to file a ‘Continuation of Stakeout’ resource form with the Lieutenant.” Connolly handles it nicely … the narrator steps in and gives reader a line of succinct definition. Just enough to answer the reader’s “huh?” Reader is reminded that the detail gives the story a realistic feel. The underlying plot is strong, clear and exciting, disappearing briefly, then reappearing, always posing more questions than giving answers. Perfect.
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