The Dark Hours - Michael Connelly

The Dark Hours

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 4,743 Ratings


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).


  • First Connelly

    By andrewwriter16
    Only complaint is not enough Bosch. Very will written book
  • Book Review

    By kmeyer430
    The novel was great!
  • Immerse Yourself

    By BuddyKnick
    I consider this crime novel to be a good slow burn that ignites one’s imagination to picture the various circumstances the detective Ballard encounters. I liked it for my bedtime story each evening. Big Thumbs Up, Way Up! Cheers
  • The dark hours

    By GibHoxie
    Classic Bosch, enriched by female detective
  • The Dark Stumble

    By Handsome Smitty
    Connelly got away with creating a starring unlikeable character in Bosch by creating sympathetic supporting actors around him, not to mention his writing skills that capture the reader no matter how uncomfortable they may become as the kidnapping drags on. Ballard is as deplorable in her antisocial behaviors as her 'mentor' Bosch. And a predictable ending using the 'smart-detective-turns-stupid' trope didn’t do her any favors. Drizzled with a defund-da-police attitude also takes any possibility of an enjoyable read. Perhaps that was Connelly's theme. Or perhaps he just never really like cops to begin with—fool me once, shame on you…fool me 19 times and I wipe my hands.
  • Excellent!

    By Policc Fan
    Great Detective story! Put Ballard in LAPD management and Bosch as her Specialist. What a team!
  • Ballard / Bosch Team Prevails

    By happyelmo
    This MC book does not disappoint! Non-stop action that is hard to put down! Thanks Mr. Connelly for another great read!!!
  • The best in this series

    By Madiluc
    I liked this book, interesting storyline. Ending felt very unfinished not like it would be continued on in the next novel but a rush to finish it. The part I do not like in this whole series is how the lead female is made out to be a B….. it does nothing for the story but make females in male dominated positions look horrible. We can be at the top of our game without being horrible to get our point across. The lead is not a likable character
  • A Perfect Blend

    By l.h.m.c.k
    Gripping story Ballard and Bosch at their best. Extremely well written.
  • Get the politics out

    By Cullen$y
    Always a good read from Connelly. I noticed some politics entering the narrative and wanted to correct his statement re the “insurrection” where he states the capitol police officer died from his injuries confronting protestors when in fact, according to the medical examiner, he died from a blood clot at the base of his skull which caused 2 strokes. One could argue the clot was vaccine induced but that narrative is not allowed to be discussed.