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review 2018-09-25 12:34
Harry Bosch teams up with another detective - as usual a good read
Dark Sacred Night - Michael Connelly

 

 

This latest novel by Michael Connelly sees Harry Bosch, still getting older, teaming up with Renee Ballard, a detective working the night shift in LA. He is investigating a cold case about a young runaway murdered nine years earlier. She joins him while they both also get involved with other crimes. As one might expect, this is a fairly fast-moving police procedural with quite a lot of action and strong developed characters. We already know Boschs personality and learn a lot about Ballard and their colleagues. The only annoying thing for me is the unnecessary LA street directions which will be meaningless to anyone outside of Los Angeles.

 

Enjoyable and engaging, this thriller will please Connelly fans and anyone who enjoys well-written American detective stories. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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review 2018-09-13 02:08
Dark Sacred Night - Michael Connelly

Most of the books I pick up are fiction. I have one of those jobs that introduces me to life’s less glamorous realities on a daily basis so I read for escape. But as with non-fiction, I learn something from every story. Of all the lessons I will take away from this book, the most important may be this. Feed your cat. Faithfully, continuously & in large quantities. In fact, just cut a hole in the bottom of a 50 kg bag & leave it out on the kitchen floor, ok? You might thank me later.

 

Renée Ballard knows what I’m talking about. So after dealing with a particularly eewww-inducing crime scene one night, she looks forward to some solo down time back at the station. Except she’s not alone. There appears to be a strange man trying to break into the file cabinets.  Ballard, meet Bosch. Harry Bosch.

 

You could say it’s the start of a beautiful friendship but that would gloss over a few bumps in the road. Harry is working on his hobby case. In a previous instalment, he met a woman grieving the death of her teenage daughter. It’s been 9 yr. since Daisy Clayton was violently murdered & Harry has decided it’s gone unsolved long enough.

 

Ballard has her own issues. She used to be part of an elite crime squad. Her fall from grace began after a superior officer got a little handsy & she dared to report him. Of course the department stepped up & dealt with it. Sort of. He kept his job & she found herself back on the street working the late show. Renée now works alone & it’s not bad. Some nights are quiet & she begins to look into Harry’s pet project.

 

Before she knows it, they’ve formed a partnership of sorts. They’re an interesting pair & part of the fun is watching Renée try to rein Harry in as he sidesteps the rules in trademark fashion. It’s a slow, painstaking process, frequently interrupted by the demands of more pressing cases.

 

To be honest, it took me a bit to get into the story. But I found Renée much more fleshed out here than she was in the previous book. As she & Harry settled into their relationship, I found it easy to sit back & enjoy the ride. I really enjoyed the story lines that emerged from current investigations. It maintained the pace & provided plenty of tension that balanced out the slower grind of the cold case, making its progress more realistic.

 

By the end, it’s clear Harry’s days as a reserve officer with the San Fernando P.D. may be numbered. But it might be the start of a new chapter for the old cop which is great news for Bosch fans. So if he & Renée find another cold case to tackle, I’m in. As long as he doesn’t get a cat.

 

 

                

 

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text 2018-09-01 20:30
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Modern Noir
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

This was my bingo pre-read and definitely ticks all the noir boxes.

 

Murdered prostitutes, shady politicians, equally shady cops, over-keen young journalists, the mean city streets (in this case LA), and our hero - the jaded detective, who lives by the motto, "everybody counts, or nobody counts". Who also in typical noir fashion gets bashed on the back of the head by an unseen assailant.

 

This is the fourth in the Harry Bosch series, and it's the one that has made me decide to keep reading.

 

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text 2018-08-25 21:40
Halloween Bingo pre-read
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

MODERN NOIR

 

Well today is my lucky day, because look what has just popped up on my Kindle. 

 

I've only recently discovered the world of Harry Bosch so I have got a lot of catching up to do. But he is definitely a poster boy for the 'Noir' genre. World weary? Check. Femme fatales? Check. Cigarettes and alcohol? Check and check.  

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review 2018-08-14 20:49
A little uneven and disappointing
Dark Sacred Night - Michael Connelly

Bosch and Ballard together solving crimes in downtown LA, sounds a recipe for success, unfortunately my original enthusiasm was not realized. Ballard is the new kid on the block, first introduced last year in the excellent "The Late Show". She has a lot to prove, riding the night shift, surfing in the morning accompanied by her faithful dog Lola. It's tough working as a female detective always open to criticism and ridicule and constantly under the watchful eye of her male colleagues just waiting for disaster to strike.

 

Bosch of course is the grizzled vet, working out of the San Fernando police dept on "cold cases" that still remain unsolved after a number of years. Daisy Clayton was murdered nine years ago, her body found naked and bleached clean to hide all trace of DNA. Ballard discovers Bosch working on this unsolved murder and she decides to help him in her downtime. So up to a point this story is full of potential and hope. However this is not the only case the detectives are involved in and that's where the narrative comes undone. When I read a detective story I want the author to concentrate and build the storyline one theme or murder (or numerous murders as in the case of a serial killer) This gives the reader time to become acquainted with the various issues raised and characters introduced. By running a number of sub plots/storylines the main theme, which in this case is the killing of Daisy Clayton, becomes diluted and loses its impact and effectiveness. Harry at the same time is involved in a crime case with gangland connections that goes terribly wrong. Ballard has her own heavy work load including a potential rape case that becomes something different entirely.

 

Having said that a Michael Connelly novel always contains some great moments with Harry Bosch at the centre. He is a maverick investigator refusing to admit that he could ever be a target, but on this occasion he is wrong. In addition he is harbouring an unexpected house guest and the fallout from this has a tragic outcome. So "Dark Sacred Night" is not a bad novel it is simply that I expect such high standards from the author. The partnership of Ballard and Bosch works to an extent but the Daisy Clayton killing seems to lose its impact as it becomes lost amongst the ever increasing workload that forms the agenda of our two hard working detectives. The conclusion of the story indicates the possibility of future adventures/assignments and I hope that will not happen. Bosch is a loner, a detective who shirks instructions, and this is the very quality that makes him so attractive to his many adoring readers. Yes lets develop the career of Renee Ballard.....but not on Harry's watch!

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