Desert Star - Michael Connelly

Desert Star

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2022-11-08
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,533 Ratings


LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family.

A year has passed since LAPD detective Renée Ballard quit the force in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape. But after the chief of police himself tells her she can write her own ticket within the department, Ballard takes back her badge, leaving “the Late Show” to rebuild and lead the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts him—the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come volunteer as an investigator in her new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his “white whale” with the resources of the LAPD behind him.

First priority for Ballard is to clear the unsolved rape and murder of a sixteen-year-old girl. The decades-old case is essential to the councilman who supported re-forming the unit, and who could shutter it again—the victim was his sister. When Ballard gets a “cold hit” connecting the killing to a similar crime, proving that a serial predator has been at work in the city for years, the political pressure has never been higher. To keep momentum going, she has to pull Bosch off his own investigation, the case that is the consummation of his lifelong mission.

The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity. In what may be his most gripping and profoundly moving book yet, Michael Connelly shows once again why he has been dubbed “one of the greatest crime writers of all time” (Ryan Steck, Crimereads).


  • Another great Michael Connely read

    By Writekid
    It’s a really nice book but the author has let Bosch age and he is seventy years old now and weak. Some might say that makes him a more desirable character because of his weakness. But I miss the indestructible, Harry Bosch from the concrete blonde novel.
  • Desert Star

    By Joanabake
    Not his best, but I always read them all.
  • Bosch and Ballard, great team

    By conrad 55
    A must read for Michael Connelly fans. One of my favorite of the Bosch series. Love the way Connelly has now fully developed Rene Ballard’s character into someone I want to read more about in the future. Maybe working with Mickey Haller? That would be interesting.
  • Thank you

    By Gregh1
    RIP Harry. Thank you, Michael.
  • 2/3 Great!

    By Morty G.
    The first 1/3 of book had a tremendous amount of filler. The last 2/3 was classic Bosch and excellent. Not sure the Ballard character can survive a series without Harry Bosch on the scene!
  • Another great read

    By 58spdstr
    I read this book after a series of similarly themed books in this genre by other authors. It reminded me again how a brilliant author can engage the reader with sufficient detail to create tension, excitement, anticipation and entertainment without bogging down the pace of the story or losing the complexity of the characters. Connelly is the best there is at it.
  • Good, not great.

    By Go to ap
    Interesting. Not his best, but worthwhile reading.
  • Bosch/Ballard team 👍

    By Ricker 74
    Another page turner from Mr. Connelly,
  • Not the best in show

    By the_garvers
    Love the Bosch books - and the prior Bosch Ballard pairings. This installment was disappointing with a plodding pace and no suspense.
  • Desert Star

    By Halsterx
    4.5/5 stars. Great characters as usual. Unique plot that eventually comes together. I’d recommend it. Hal R