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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    • Michael Connelly’s Dark Sacred Night picks up where his two previous novels, The Late Show and Two Kinds of Truth, left off. Renée Ballard continues to work the late shift for Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division. Harry Bosch continues to work cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department.They meet by happenstance when Ballard finds Bosch snooping through Hollywood’s case files in search of information about the murder of Daisy Clayton, whose mother, Elizabeth, Bosch rescued at the end of Two Kinds of Truth. They strike a bargain and investigate the case together. Along the way, Ballard and Bosch investigate other cases on the side, but it’s the Daisy Clayton murder that drives the plot forward.As per usual with Connelly’s novels, this one is a page-turner. I started reading it after dinner and finished it before I went to bed. It held my interest throughout. Even the side plots kept my interest. What I love about Connelly’s novels is the way he moves the plot forward by means of good detective work, rather than an investigator’s flashes of insight. You see Ballard and Bosch working the evidence, piecing the story together bit by bit. This approach keeps you hooked, because you want to follow the evidence wherever it leads.Additionally, I love the fact that unlike other serial novelists that I love to read—I’m looking at you, Lee Child and Craig Johnson—Michael Connelly is smart enough to realize that Bosch is getting older and simply can’t sustain the pace, the intensity, or the beatings he endured (or gave out) in previous novels. With this novel, Connelly seems to be moving his focus toward Ballard and transitioning Bosch into a lesser role. That’s great, as far as I’m concerned, both because Ballard is an intriguing character and because I still enjoy Bosch.I’m not giving Dark Sacred Night a five-star review, however. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend reading it, but it’s not at the top of Connelly heap. I have two reasons for this: First, the side cases. One of the side cases is designed solely to introduce a character. Ballard’s side cases (an accidental death, an art theft, and a gruesome murder) are solved too perfunctorily. Bosch’s main side case is more interesting, but it’s difficult to tell whether how it ends is designed to set up a transition in Bosch’s life or to introduce a problem for a future novel. Second, a moment of intimacy between Bosch and another character seems way out of character for him. You’ll know what I mean when you read the novel.Despite this, I’m happy with Dark Sacred Night, and I look forward to whatever Connelly cooks up next year. My guess is that Renée Ballard will play the leading role and Harry Bosch a supporting one. And that’s okay with me. They’re both great characters.
    • This is the first of an older, wiser, but still dangerous Harry - Ballard is the perfect counterpoint. She’s just as seasoned, just as misunderstood, and just as “feared” by her bureaucratic superiors. As a 16 year police officer and 17 year attorney I also respect the accuracy of all of the characters and situations - Michael Connelly at his best!!!
    • My favorite writer. The first book I ever read for pleasure was, The Concrete Blond. Since then I have become a big time reader. I have read of Connelly’s books, watch all the movies and tv shows. Thanks for the great entertainment.
    • I have read all the Harry Bosch books and find him to be a flawed but dedicated officer. He is what we all are or try to be and that is caring. He has friends as well as those who are not overly found of him. He is what most of us are and that makes him easy to relate too.I have not related to Ballard in the same way. Her character has to be flushed out further. I look forward to the next Bosh and Ballard book.Any one who enjoys action will enjoy Dark Sacred Night.
    • Could not put it down as usual. Great to see Connelly pair him with someone who can reasonably walk to the crime scene and who shares the same ethos. Everyone or no one. My knee is aching. Sacred indeed,