Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night

Large Print - 2018
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Detective Renee Ballard is working the graveyard shift again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets.The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help and she relents. Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway who was brutally murdered. He crossed paths with her devastated mother while working a previous case, and Daisy's story has seized hold of him.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition, First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316526722
031652672X
Branch Call Number: CONNELLY M
Characteristics: 548 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
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USAF1969
Dec 08, 2018

Expected great stuff from Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch in DARK SACRED NIGHT and so much more! Great crime story with Bosch following up on cold-cases. Only this time, his work (and sort of out of the box a mini-rogue behavior) leads him to cross paths with a another detective (also a bit out of the box and mini-rogue). The two become entwined in working their separate cases throughout, while working together on a cold-case important to Bosch. Apparently, Connelly intends for this relationship to continue as they (the two detectives) agree to stay in touch and work cases together in their spare time. The new Bosch 'partner' is named Renee Ballard. Oh, and it says on the cover of the book that this is A BALLARD AND BOSCH novel, which made me wonder for a short bit if I had missed a previous novel. PS - I don't read the cover descriptions of books - obviously. Enjoy!

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midori_hon
Dec 08, 2018

well-crafted, fast read. was it emotionally resonant? no, but it was enjoyable enough like a big plate of gooey nachos. a fun treat, but not necessarily something you want every day.

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bibliophile8
Dec 07, 2018

I have been a very big fan of Mr. Connelly and have read every single Harry Bosch novel (29 of them?) that he wrote including the Lincoln Lawyer ones.
I was looking forward eagerly to this one and got on the list early and was among the first batch of VPL readers to get their copy and read it in three days.
I found it un-satisfying. It was as if Bosch was behind an opaque screen, or out of focus. I could not sense him clearly in the book. The whole book seemed watered-down, somewhat bland despite some exciting situations for Harry and the other main character, Det. Renee Ballard.
Perhaps Mr. Connelly's creative energies are being expended in the Amazon Prime Video series about Harry entitled, "Bosch" of which he is Executive Producer to the detriment of his writing.

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jharrygreen
Dec 06, 2018

This book is so bad that I’m certain Connelly didn’t write it, and I doubt he even read it. Connelly writes books that are tight and keep you reading. This one is so larded with explanations of past events that it is tedious. I read 15% of it and returned it

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maipenrai
Dec 05, 2018

Always love Harry Bosch!! I have been addicted to this series for 25 years. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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McAnnieG
Dec 02, 2018

Harry Bosch has promised Elizabeth Clayton that he will solve the disappearance of her runaway teen daughter, Daisy. When he links up with Renee Ballard their unorthodox working relationship has them both treading 'crossing the line' as police officers and risking their lives.

So many plot twists that the book raced by and made it hard to put down.

32nd Connelly novel and 23rd in the Bosch series.

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mlv4079
Nov 19, 2018

I liked this book...saw a more human Bosch. I liked the ending, too. More collaboration to come it seems......

Hillsboro_ChrisK Nov 14, 2018

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.

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workhorse6491
Nov 11, 2018

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.

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ValinOR14
Nov 04, 2018

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!!

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