Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch Series #21 and Renée Ballard Series #2)

Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch Series #21 and Renée Ballard Series #2)

by Michael Connelly

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LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new work of fiction from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger.

Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316526722
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Harry Bosch Series , #21
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 137,648
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of thirty-one previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers Two Kinds of Truth, The Late Show, and The Wrong Side of Goodbye. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

What People are Saying About This

Tom Nolan

“Dark Sacred Night [is] one of the best and most affecting Bosch novels since Mr. Connelly began the saga in 1992, underscore[ing] the growing and unsettling ambiguity surrounding its central character.”

Washington Post

“Darkly brilliant…ingenious, frantically suspenseful.”

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Dark Sacred Night 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this pairing of detectives. They compliment each other perfectly. Hope he writes many more with these partners. I think Bosch finally found his true partner at last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two great characters from previous books, now working together. A flawed but dedicated and fierce team. Looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Michael Connelly fan, have read every single book he's written. I especially LOVE the Bosch series. This last one was like getting a Christmas present in October. I'm already looking forward to the next Harry Bosch book, or any book Mr. Connelly writes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Bosch and Ballard working together. Nobody writes like Michael Connelly. Love the tv series, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, a real page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MichaelConnelly does it again. Great Bosch story and Ballard is up and coming. Can’t wait for the next installment. Keep it up Michael
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read them all each one better than the last
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Harry Bosch fan, this won’t disappoint and Ballard makes a great sidekick for him.
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jimpol More than 1 year ago
Been a loyal reader but this one is not a page turner; bland story, characters poorly developed and overly descriptive of mundane things,.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading about Detective Renee Ballard in The Late Show. Now she's partnering with retired Detective Harry Bosch in Dark Sacred Night. They're working together on a cold case about a murdered young girl, Daisy. Michael Connelly definitely can write crime fiction that is fast paced and keeps you riveted to your chair as you keep reading to see what happens next. Based on the ending, it sounds like there's a pretty good chance that there will be more collaboration with these two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great new partnership
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice book worth for money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent way to extend Harry’s career, with a partner as vivid as him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every Harry Bosch book since a friend recommended the series a few years ago. I am never disappointed and can’t wait for the next one. Love the Renee Ballard character and looking forward to what she and Bosch will do together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry and Renee’ bend the rules.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Detective Renee Ballard & retired Detective Harry Bosch cross paths during the late show at the Hollywood Division. They start to work on a more-than-a-decade old murder cold case. Against all odds, they solve it!
Anonymous 6 days ago
Anonymous 8 days ago
Michael Connelly has followed up his first Bosch/Ballard novel with an excellent second. I eagerly await the next episode in the series. A must read for Michael Connelly fans.
Cambo 29 days ago
Bosch is Back! Michael Connelly is surely considered among the greats of police procedural fiction. Few people are not aware of Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch, Connelly’s surly but result-driven detective. Titus Welliver plays Bosch in the Amazon Prime series of the same name. And, Welliver flat out nails his portrayal of Bosch. It is an excellent series that is now in its fifth season. The reason that I mention the series is that there are so many people that are Amazon Prime members and the Bosch series has become so popular that many readers have suddenly discovered Michael Connelly. Furthermore, he already had an immense following, and one thing that I have noticed about Connelly readers of the Bosch series is that they are a faithful bunch of readers. I am one of those loyal readers myself. One of my GoodReads friends said in one of his Connelly Bosch reviews that he did not think that Connelly was capable of writing a bad novel. While I have not read all of his books yet, I can definitely take no argument with my friend. Michael Connelly is hard to pigeon-hole. He is an excellent writer. He can develop a police procedural story along with the best. However, Connelly is not my favorite author, although he is certainly among the top of the heap. Perhaps it has more to do with the nature of the police procedural novel itself. It is very hard to write a cling-to-your-seat-honey-don’t-leave-the-room-forget-about-the-kids, gripping, riveting police procedural. That alone lends more credit to the excellent police procedural writer. Dark Sacred Night is pure Michael Connelly doing what he does best. Bosch is a retired detective now, but he can’t let an unsolved case go - the murder of a 15-year- old girl, Daisy Clayton, a runaway. He goes to LAPD on the midnight shift, affectionally called “the late show.” to rifle through some old files. One of the newer detectives, Renée Ballard, catches eye of him, and follows up on what he is doing. Her curiosity is aroused. As the novel proceeds, Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch become more professionally involved in the case. Connelly carefully construes the platonic, working relationship of Ballard and Bosch. Connelly dedicates character development when Ballard and Bosch are working separately, also. This indicates possible incentives for plot and motive for could-be baddies while enticing the novel with a few tasty nuggets of what ifs and ors. (Like that grammar?) Since Bosch is retired from LAPD, I can only guess at possible future partners. However, who would be on first and who would be on second? Then, the case takes a difficult turn that Harry must pursue. Ballard has little choice either. She has come this far. Dark Sacred Night is another great book from Michael Connelly. He just keeps cranking them out. If a reader is a fan of police procedurals or the series “Bosch”, they will surely enjoy this book. This book would fall somewhere between 3.8 and 4 stars.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good read
Anonymous 4 months ago
Slow star
CraigFL 6 months ago
I just finished this truly amazing Bosch/Ballard book. Michael Connelly is truly a master... And the good news is that according to the ending...there might--make that WILL be more! I can hardly wait. If you're a fan or this author and Hieronymus Bosch--do miss out on this gem!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great as always.