The Dark Hours

· Renée Ballard Book 4 · Sold by Little, Brown
162 reviews

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Wall Street Journal and South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Book of the Year

“A masterpiece”—LAPD detective Renée Ballard must join forces with Harry Bosch to find justice in a city scarred by fear and social unrest after a methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve (Publishers Weekly).

There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.
Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder—a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.
Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.
Unfolding with unstoppable drive and nail-biting intrigue, The Dark Hours shows that “relentless on their own, Ballard’s and Bosch’s combined skills…could be combustible” (Los Angeles Times).

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162 reviews
Tyler Talkie
April 18, 2022
This book is about Renee Ballard and a criminal case that is brutal is disturbing. Harry Bosch is merely a side character in this story. That being said, it is still pretty fantastic. The story and plot are prefect, in that, the mystery and puzzle of the crime unfolded in a strategic manner which made the entire act of reading it memorable. Bosch and Ballard are both great characters and work together well. They made the book excellent. The ending tied together all the loose ends while delivering an adequate moral. And, overall, this story ticked off all the boxes that a great mystery story should.
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Razorback Red
January 9, 2023
I was hoping this character (Renee Ballard) would grow on me but, alas, still one of the most unlikable characters ever written. Because I accidentally read Desert Star first I can assure you that nothing gets any better with this character. I won't be reading any more of these.
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Dale Francis
June 7, 2024
very good read they kept it exciting with something happening with every page I'm looking forward to see what Ballard's going to do with Bosch next
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About the author

Michael Connelly is the author of thirty-five previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Law of Innocence,Fair Warning, and The Night Fire. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series, the Lincoln Lawyer series, and the Renée Ballard series, have sold more than eighty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver, and the creator and host of the podcasts Murder Book and The Wonderland Murders. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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