The Dark Hours - Michael Connelly

The Dark Hours

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,716 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).


  • Dark Hours

    By SpideyMac1949
    As long as there’s still a place for Harry in this series then Renee Rocks
  • Evil, the pandemic, and hopeful change.

    By southwindshm
    I want to give this a 4.5, but not possible. I enjoyed the story and how it incorporated the pandemic. Hearing a bit about Bosch was interesting too. Don’t want to tell more, but the read was good and I did not want it to end. 4.5.
  • Just the Right Amount of Bosch

    By CrimeSolver
    Excellent book. Just the right amount of Bosch salted into the story to make familiar and interesting.
  • 👌🏻

    By hogbastard
    Typical Connelly, I like it!
  • No More Politics

    By thisitguys
    Mr. Connelly should not insert his political views (no matter how subtle) into books. If I wanted to pay money for a political opinion, I would not go to Michael Connelly.

    By Nike Athlete
    Worst of his books. For the LOVE OF GOD keep Politics and the “Pandemic” out of the books. Enough that we lived through it already, we don’t need a reminder.
  • Easy Read

    By Eyerish21
    This was an easy read and as usual from Michael Connelly a well laid out plot.
  • Riveting

    By msjanedwards
    As with all the other stories including Harry Bosch, I found this one nearly impossible to put down. I love the Renee Ballard character and am praying that Mr. Connelly will pair her and Bosch together as private investigators in future books. It would be a team made in heaven!
  • The Dark Side - Michael Connelly

    By Ralph Austin
    It’s a great book if you want to read about masks and irrational fears of the flu. Also, 01/06 was totally misrepresented as to what happened. I’ve read every word Connelly has ever written, but I’m done with him now.
  • Loved this book

    By CLTDF
    I’ve read all the Harry Bosch books and truly enjoy the addition of Renee Ballard.