The Dark Hours - Michael Connelly

The Dark Hours

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 2,930 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).


  • VERY SLOW (and bad)

    By RCW9999
    200 pages in and nothing had happened. I’ve seen turtles move at a faster pace. Finally quit reading. I remember Michael Connelly being better than this. It is almost like 2 plots thrown together. Really bad.
  • Excellent!

    By ButtercupRockey
    Great characters! Love the pairing of an old detective mentoring a young female detective that is trying to change the way things are done from the inside!
  • No politics

    By Nolesfan84
    I think I’ve read almost all of the books by the author and have thoroughly enjoyed them. However, this one had way too much of a political slant. If I wanted to read a book on politics, that’s what I would buy. I’m so disappointed.
  • Bosch and Ballard, back again. Thank God!

    By Andy Pete
    Another great story with Bosch playing a smaller but still pivotal role. Ballard really shines in this crackerjack story!
  • Awesome page turner

    By JoeMacatk
    Awesome page turner
  • 5 stars

    By Sbrocksalot
    Highlight of my reading year is always a Connelly novel. Great read! Thank you Michael.
  • Not what you’re expecting

    By MTerry001
    If I wanted police procedure novels I’d read (prob butchering this) Wambaugh novels, Ballard isn’t front row material, put her in the background where she belongs. Disappointed in this book. The only one so far.
  • Good story

    By The Adams Man
    Very good, especially for Bosch fans.
  • Goodbye

    By 123razin
    I’ve lost count of the many books I’ve read by this author. Absolutely love the Harry Bosch books. To see in the comments about politics. I’m gone
  • Page turner

    By Problemsolvergene
    Thrilling read. Ballard is better and more fleshed out than ever. Connelly makes a statement about the state of policing that’s worth exploring in his fiction.