Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard, #2; Harry Bosch, #21; Harry Bosch Universe, #31) by Michael Connelly

Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard, #2; Harry Bosch, #21; Harry Bosch Universe, #31)

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly.Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it ...

Details Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard, #2; Harry Bosch, #21; Harry Bosch Universe, #31)

TitleDark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard, #2; Harry Bosch, #21; Harry Bosch Universe, #31)
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime

Reviews Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard, #2; Harry Bosch, #21; Harry Bosch Universe, #31)

  • Susanne Strong
    5 Spectacular Stars.Have you ever been scared to crack open a book? Nerves jangled? Stomach in knots? Desperate to find out what happens to your favorite character, yet frightened of what’s inside? Yep… that’s me. I had an ARC of “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly in my hands, a copy of which I was lucky enough to score and I was scared straight. Dying to open it and start reading, yet terrified. What if it doesn’t measure up? Wi...
  • Paromjit
    Michael Connelly brings us the second in the LAPD detective Renee Ballard series and he brings in Harry Bosch, a man Renee knows nothing about. Renee has been shunted onto The Late Show, the Hollywood nightshift, after an injustice earlier, but oddly enough she has settled in there and somehow it suits her. Her partner is on bereavement leave and she is on her own when she is called to a home where a woman's body, heavily decomposing, is discover...
  • Sandy
    Most of the books I pick up are fiction. I have one of those jobs that introduces me to life’s less glamorous realities on a daily basis so I read for escape. But as with non-fiction, I learn something from every story. Of all the lessons I will take away from this book, the most important may be this. Feed your cat. Faithfully, continuously & in large quantities. In fact, just cut a hole in the bottom of a 50 kg bag & leave it out on the kitch...
  • Andrew Smith
    I really enjoyed the first Ballard book, The Late Show, in which the young female cop showed some of the vim and vigor we’d seen from Harry Bosch back when he too was an LAPD detective. Banished to the night shift after calling out her boss for sexual harassment, Ballard consequently nursed a chip on her shoulder as she remorselessly chased down her quarry. I thought it was a great book and seemed to promise a even money chance that at some poi...
  • Emma
    The Late Show introduced Renée Ballard and in Dark Sacred Night Ballard we meet Bosch. This is really the book that establishes the premise for the rest of the series. I think I am going to enjoy this partnership. Both Ballard and Bosch are lone characters, both are very experienced and very good detectives, very dedicated and willing to bend the rules. I have always been ambivalent about whether to start the Bosch series and I thought this new ...
  • Gary
    Michael Connelly is an great crime thriller writer with the excellent character Harry Bosch, but he doesn't stop there. He has created other enjoyable lead characters like Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) and now Renee Ballard who comes into her own in this 2nd book where she teams up with retired detective Harry Bosch.Detective Renee Ballard works the late shift and teams up with Bosch who is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy ...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion for an advance copy of Dark Sacred Night, the first novel to feature an investigative collaboration between Detective Renée Ballard of LAPD and Detective Harry Bosch, currently a part timer with the San Fernando PD.Ballard works night shift or the late show as it's known in LAPD, a solitary job with its slow times so she's immediately curious when she finds Bosch rummaging in the department's filing cabi...
  • Richard
    9/10*slow claps*Surprise surprise, another quality book by Michael Connelly. Doesn’t he get bored of knocking them out of the park every time? This one is up there with some of his best work and to say it’s the 21st book in the Bosch series, that’s no mean feat. This outing has a combination of the perennially awesome Bosch and the newcomer Ballard from his previous book, The Late Show (unsurprisingly, really good). I’ve been a bit on the...
  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole crossover thing. As it is, this book was pretty much dominated by Harry Bosch. I found Ballard’s various cases interesting; but once she was pulled into Bosch’s orbit, he pretty much eclipsed her character. Pity, because as a character she has quite the story. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Connelly is going to deeply mine her, he’s still all about Bosch. I’ve been with Harry since 19...
  • Jay
    I'm going to be reviewing this one for Mystery Scene magazine and will update this review with the link when it goes online.But suffice to say, I loved this book!
  • Rob Twinem
    Bosch and Ballard together solving crimes in downtown LA, sounds a recipe for success, unfortunately my original enthusiasm was not realized. Ballard is the new kid on the block, first introduced last year in the excellent "The Late Show". She has a lot to prove, riding the night shift, surfing in the morning accompanied by her faithful dog Lola. It's tough working as a female detective always open to criticism and ridicule and constantly under t...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed!
  • The Real Book Spy
    We’ve seen it before with Mickey Haller, who was first introduced in his own novel and then, after a few more books of his own, eventually teamed up with Bosch. So when Michael Connelly introduced readers to Renee Ballard in last year’s The Late Show, it seemed inevitable that she would eventually cross paths with Harry Bosch, though fans might not have expected their worlds to collide quite this soon. Early on, it’s obvious that Connelly p...
  • David Gooch
    This book with Bosch sees him sort of semi retired and helping out with old cold cases. He has one that he is into and wants to sort as it's personal and involves a young dead girl, Daisy. Bosch has Daisy's mother staying at his place...I think he might becoming and old softie. This means he is always reminded of the case and the need to find Daisy's killer. Then we get a Detective, Renee Ballard, on the late night shift who gets drawn into this ...
  • Marc Bougharios
    3.5 starsA first by Connelly but it don’t be the last. This was a great detective story with not only one amazing detective, but two. I’m a huge fan of detective stories and I love reading different ones from different authors. It’s very interesting because no two detectives are the same. Every author creates their own detective with their little flaws and strengths it’s very distinct in the best way possible. I loved both Bosch and Balla...
  • Brad
    Dark Sacred Night is the new book from Michael Connelly. “Detective Renee Ballard works the Late Show. One night she catches Bosch looking through some old files for info on a cold case. She and Bosch get involved in looking for a killer that’s stayed undiscovered for nine years.” Connelly does it again. A fantastic page turner. Some Late Show cases and Bosch gang cases thrown in and a surprise ending to the cold case. Book releases in Octo...
  • Laura Rash
    Ohhhh I liked this one! Bosch & Ballard make an excellent team despite their many differences and it makes for a new partnership that could go on with so many good stories. I’ve always been a Bosch fan but this Bosch is a lil older, rougher around the edges & maybe a bit Jack Reacher style now. A really good one from MC. Many thanks to Little Brown for this early copy!
  • Suzze Tiernan
    Wonderful! Renee Ballard from The Late Show and Harry Bosch team together to solve a cold case. They are a great pair and I hope they work together often. 5 Stars all the way! Thanks to Kim for the ARC.
  • Jay Dwight
    Another confirmation of Connelly as being one of the very best in police procedural. The Late Show's Renee Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch to solve a 2009 cold case. They are working this one on the side in their own team, so the story is intertwined with events and cases in their "day jobs".The novel alternates between sections narrated by each of Harry and Renee, so the different perspectives of not only events, but also of each other, kept m...
  • Meghan
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to Michael Connelly being amongst the popular authors in our Adult Fiction collection. I am vaguely familiar with the Renee Ballard series because I love a good mystery/crime/detective story and this one does not disappoint. Our readers have been raving about Michael Connelly and his series for a while now and it was nice to preview this book not only to see if it is worthy of our collection (...
  • Susanne Gulde
    I was provided this digital review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.A solid Harry Bosch story and I liked his relationship with Renee Ballard.I will give a more thorough review when the book is published.
  • Lynne
    Love the new series with Renee Ballard and even more when she teams up with Harry Bosch! Great chemistry between the two & a perfect ending. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC.
  • Lora
    When LAPD detective Renee Ballard finds Harry Bosch going through a colleague's file drawer, she learns that he's privately looking into the murder nine years ago of a teenager named Daisy Clayton. Since the crime is still unsolved, Bosch is investigating as a favor to Daisy's mother, Elizabeth. Ballard is intrigued by the case and agrees to help Bosch go through all the old material and also look at other crimes and criminal activity around that...
  • Jennifer Jamieson
    Detective Renee Ballard is back, still working the Late Show (night beat). This time, she encounters our favorite, Harry Bosch, who's investigating an old murder. Remember the woman from Harry's last case, the one held by the pill mill? Her daughter was killed years back, and Harry's made the promise to find out who did it.Ballard ends up teaming up with Harry to solve the murder, and along the way a more recent case nearly gets Harry killed. Con...
  • Greville Waterman
    I was so looking forward to this and was worried that it would be a letdown, but I should not have been concerned as Michael Connelly has hit the bullseye yet again.Great writers - and he certainly is one of them generally have a set formula that works but they also know when to tweak, amend and innovate so that things remain fresh for his/her readers.Connelly did this successfully with the introduction of Micky Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer and he ...
  • Diane Poppleton-brown
    Dark Sacred Night sees Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch teaming up together for the first time, an unlikely pairing but one that works. Bosch is investigating the death of Daisy Clayton, a case that has been cold for some 9 years. Ballard’s interest is peaked when she catches Bosch searching through evidence at the Hollywood precinct where she works as a detective on the late show (night shift) after initial uncertainty the pair work the case tog...
  • Paul Allard
    Dark sacred secretHarry Bosch teams up with another detective - as usual a good readThis latest novel by Michael Connelly sees Harry Bosch, still getting older, teaming up with Renee Ballard, a detective working the night shift in LA. He is investigating a cold case about a young runaway murdered nine years earlier. She joins him while they both also get involved with other crimes. As one might expect, this is a fairly fast-moving police procedur...
  • Annabel
    Another cracking read, Connelly remains the master of using economical prose to tell a deeply gripping story with nuanced characters. To be fair, I have been a long and committed fan of Bosch, so cannot objectively comprehend what this book would deliver to readers not already engaged with his history. Certainly its a good crime story, but perhaps you need to know the full back story to find it brilliant? However, I drank it down. This one, as Co...
  • Elainedav
    I am a big fan of the Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch series, so I expected to like this book, but this one is a bit different due to the informal partnership with Detective Ballard.Bosch goes to LAPD looking for some old information relating to a cold case and Ballard realises that he has broken into a file cabinet. She is intrigued and does some digging and figures out what Bosch was looking for. Gradually they start to work together on the cold c...