If I’m counting correctly, Dark Sacred Night is Connelly’s 23rd novel starring LA detective Harry Bosch. There have been a few dud novels on the way (you have my permission to skip 2009’s Nine Dragons) but the series has held up remarkably well over time since 1992’s The Black Echo. Last year, Connelly introduced a new series and detective Renee Ballard with his book The Late Show. Dark Sacred Night brings Bosch and Ballard together as they unravel two cases. The narrative trades back and forth between the two in an interesting fashion. Connelly does a great job contrasting how the two characters think about and approach the problem with this structure. Some crime novels are better than others at hiding the moving parts. In some, you can see the scenery creaking into place and the bad guy lurking in the wings. At his best, Connelly’s books are real magic shows: compelling, complex and seamless storytelling. While Dark Sacred Night may not be entirely perfect (A character is introduced so that he can give one piece of information then is completely dropped. It reminded me of a 1930s movie where they spin a bunch of newspapers on to the screen so that the headlines can give you important information without wasting valuable screen time.), it will still be one of the best crime novels you will read this year.
Disappointed with this one of Connellys. Oh, the thriller/police procedural stuff is there; the new partner is gnarley, etc. etc. What I miss is the writing quality, the asides of Bosch's philosophy and, in general, the sense of place. I'll give him (them?) one more chance... next book.
How I love this series! The Black Echo was the book that got me totally hooked on crime/detective books. Even though I have read books by many different authors since then, the Harry Bosch novels hold a special place in my heart. I love the addition of Renee Ballard to the cast of characters in Michael Connelly's books, and putting Renee with Harry Bosch was brilliant! I like the fact that neither of them had to settle for secondary roles in this book. Neither is the type to leave a case behind when their shift is done. Like Bosch, she has an intensity about her and her never-quit, follow-a-case-no-matter-where-it-leads attitude is something Bosch has embodied for three decades. Even though this book went back and forth between the characters' perspective, which is something I normally dislike, he did so in such a manner that totally worked. I can't wait to read more of anything this author chooses to write!!
Please add the digital versions of this book - both ebook (Kindle) and downloadable audiobook.
Another winner by best-in-the-business Connelly, who introduces Harry Bosch to late shift Hollywood Station detective Renée Ballard, who helps on a cold case murder that gets personal. The two form a powerful team that'll keep Connelly's fans - and first timers - satisfied.
Please place a hold on this book for me. I inadvertently clicked on "Cancel hold" and now cannot add it. Thank you....Robert Bayliss
Another cold case investigation with Bosch partnering with Renee Bullard. Knew that would happen.
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