Dark Sacred Night

Dark Sacred Night

by Michael Connelly

Overview: Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat — known in LAPD slang as "the late show" — and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours 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 can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. She has never been the kind of cop who leaves the job behind at the end of her shift — and she wants in.

The murder, unsolved, was of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed, her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy, and to finally bring her killer to justice. Along the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.

Deanna Boe (05/23/19): It is sad when one of your favorite authors, who always wrote great mysteries, starts to write what I call repetitive storylines; the writing is much like previous novels or is simply weak and not interesting. This has become true with far too many of my favorite authors i.e. John Sandford, John Grisham, Lisa Scottoline to name but a few. This happens when they start to use 10 adjectives to describe what someone is wearing or doing, or the plot is not all that challenging to figure out. I have counted at least 27 books that Connelly has written, so I am not surprised he has run out of creative ideas and this is happening.

In this novel, Connelly has continued with a recently added character, detective Renee Ballard, working with his long standing character, Harry Bosch. At the end of the book he has Bosch asking Ballard to keep him in mind when she has any outstanding cases she might be working. That means in his future books Bosch and Ballard will be working together. That would be fine if the plot would be a little deeper and not filled with so much fluff.

In this case Bosch has always been concerned about a nine year old case of a 15 year old girl who had been brutally murdered and left with the trash. In fact the case affected him so much that he even allowed the girl’s mother to live with him for half a year after she became heavily involved in drugs. I guess that really didn’t mesh with my idea of Bosch and what he would do since it affected his relationship with his daughter negatively. The mother moves out and ends up dead by an overdose; that happens only after she had seduced Bosch first. Anyway, Bosch and Ballard do solve this murder, along with another old case, but the storyline and writing throughout all of this was only so/so. I am sorry to see this happen.
Rating: ***-

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