DARK SACRED NIGHT

by Michael Connelly

Detective Renée Ballard teams up with the retired detective Harry Bosch, who is working on a cold case.

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    • About thirty years ago Huey Lewis released another new song… and as the local DJ was about to play it on the radio for the first time he said: “Here’s Huey Lewis’ latest song released with a government rating of… “NON-OFFENSIVE”. That has stuck with me all these years… and applies to this book. As longtime faithful followers of Bosch know… he’s doing volunteer police work for the San Fernando (Los Angeles) Police Department. For those of you who go way back with Bosch during his active duty years… you’re well aware of all the far from positive entanglements he’s had with the LAPD over the years. So a high percentage of cops that knew him… or knew of him… either hate him… or show some old long bygone loyalty to the old semi-curmudgeon. Now add in the young female “Late Show” detective Renee’ Ballard… who was buried on the less than desirable “Late Show” shift… after she unsuccessfully brought charges against a police officer for sexually groping her… you now have another police officer… who is hated by a large percentage of the active force… and silently respected by a minority of the force. Sound familiar? Two cops who are hated and loved… “AND”… supposedly still doggedly do their job upholding the law… to the letter of the law.Then the author… like the famous candy bar… animated commercial that shows a chocolate figure… and a peanut butter figure… bumping into each other… and each one with a cartoon finger… licks the resulting candy bar taste… and waaalllllaaaa…. A new tasty candy bar is invented. Well an old cold case of Harry’s creates a police recreation of two characters (Bosch and Ballard) serendipitously bumping into each other and magically creating a new “delicious” semi-off the books cop team.How convenient. Harry has never let go of a nine-year-old murder of a girl drug addict that was unceremoniously dumped in a trash can. Harry now even has (story wise one of many hard to swallow sequences) the dead girl’s mother… a recovering addict… living in his hilltop upper one-per-cent home with the view that every motion picture tries to depict of a night time Los Angeles. What could possibly go wrong there… with a limping Harry who’s sneaking up on seventy-years old? As Ballard and Bosch aka Chocolate and Peanut Butter… go through thousands upon thousands of “shakers” (F.I.’s…. Field Interview Cards) from nine plus years ago… duty still calls for both of them. In an almost incredulous stream of cases for Ballard… she kicks butt on more criminals than Superwoman… again… it becomes nonsensical. And in addition to the nine-year-old druggie murder case… and mommy recovering addict in his house…. Bosch finds the time and energy to have a hit put on him by the local branch of the Mexican Mafia. Not bad for a sixty-nine-year-old limping… volunteer cop!Throughout this story each of our two parts chocolate-peanut-butter candy aka Superwoman… and geriatric Batman… are constantly shouting a common mantra… that everything must be done by the book! Then they take turns… burning the book… and chastising the other one to stay in line. Two good things came out of this book. First: perhaps the most bothersome pain-in-the-kazoo fictional child of a literary law enforcement figure… daughter Maddie… was barely in the book… thank the L-rd! The second: I hired two senior… high ranking… anonymous… intelligence officers… who created a classified report detailing what persons or types… slept the least per day… and here are the results: 1) Meth addicts 2) President Trump 3) Harry Bosch.
    • Something about this book didn’t gel for me. It felt a bit lifeless. Too much “telling” and not enough “showing” maybe.The prose felt a bit amateurish, which may reflect a different level of editing. Too many sentences in some paragraphs with the same format “He” or “she” then verb and description of what happened. I checked some of his previous books and there was a lot more variety in sentence construction.Being a collection of different easily solved cases also prevented me from getting involved with either of the protagonists. Maybe the TV series has spoiled me, but it felt like Bosch was phoning it in.I did like the hard grind of police procedural that eventually paid off. That felt realistic.There were a few loose threads. We never did find out why back up didn’t arrive when Ballard requested it. Maybe that’s for a sequel.I am getting the uneasy feeling that Bosch might get written out in a future book, so Ballard can take over as the main player. It might have been better just to keep them separate or have Bosch not so involved but more as a mentor.The dual protagonists doesn’t work for me, just as it felt weird in the dual Haller and Bosch books whereas I love them when separate.Oh well, better a three star Connelly than no Connelly....
    • Like all of the Harry Bosch series, this is a page turner. Not my favorite in the series, but we'll worth the read.
    • Harry Bosch kicks butt! Be sure to watch the TV show on Amazon starring Titus Welliver -- he doesn't fit my mental image if Bosch, but what a great actor!
    • This one seemed a little generic, which is hard for me to say about something Connelly has written (he’s been an automatic release date purchase for years). It wasn’t very meaty. When the book was finished it was a “Wait. That’s it?” moment. It didn’t feel finished. I still recommend it, but this is definitely my least favorite.