Desert Star - Michael Connelly

Desert Star

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2022-11-08
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 4,088 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).


  • Did not disappoint

    By lf1033
    Semi sweet ending.
  • A great book

    By Dan Vermilion
    Once again, he’s written a great book.
  • One of his best books

    By boatboat 1
    Great from beginning to the end
  • Harry at his best

    By MrMark1952
    Great ride with Harry &Renee,kept me riveted till the end. No spoilers from me.
  • Desert Star

    By 𝕤𝕜𝕣𝕥
    Sorry for this duo to end! Great series.
  • Fiction or nonfiction?

    By Jlr1217
    I really liked the Bosch series on television. So when I saw this book, I thought well this should be good. But I was confused. The author was writing about current events in this book. So he was mixing fiction with non-fiction. But of course, his non-fiction musings were from a political perspective. I don’t like reading fictional books that are virtue signaling which I felt this book did. It was a pretty good storyline other than that.
  • Worst Connelly book EVER

    By Bofeydog
    Don't waste you money on this mess of a book. Very poorly written, tedious reading of repetitive plots, implausible characters...I had to struggle to finish it. And spoiler alert, the end is depressing and grim. Harry Bosch is dying. I wish I'd never read this book. Michael Connelly needs to retire. Enough!
  • Moving

    By jpgait
    If you love Bosch read this book
  • Desert Star

    Loved it!
  • Terrible

    By Drb123drb
    This book was so hard to finish. Skimmed a lot in the end. Boring.