The Dark Hours - Michael Connelly

The Dark Hours

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,713 Ratings)


“A masterpiece”—LAPD detective Renée Ballard must join forces with Harry Bosch to find justice in a city scarred by fear and social unrest after a methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve (Publishers Weekly).

There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.
Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder—a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.
Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.
Unfolding with unstoppable drive and nail-biting intrigue, The Dark Hours shows that “relentless on their own, Ballard’s and Bosch’s combined skills…could be combustible” (Los Angeles Times).


  • Love love love Michael Connelly - The Dark Hours was one of his best!

    By nah974
    I read on average three to four books a week. Michael Connelly remains in my top five favorite authors of all time. Books are like movies in my mind, and his writing creates the most amazing scenes. I read this book in less than a day, and hate that I have to wait a year for his next.
  • Dark Hours

    By Munsyman
    Disappointing book that falls flat, even in the would be dramatic scenes. Way too much process and way too little action. The showdowns are over in a flash, then it’s back to procedure and bland characters. Even Harry comes off as a mere walk on. Too bad for the Franchise.
  • Connelly’s Best Yet

    By ffeldon
    Michael Connelly just keeps getting better. I love his new character Renee Ballard. Bosch is present but in the background allowing Ballard to kick a*s and shine on her own which she does magnificently. Thank you sir for continuing to produce the best police procedures ever!
  • Mediocre at best

    By JMA1127!
    Tired story line and really tiresome lecture from a liberal mind. Lazy police and insurrectionist conservatives are to blame; not moronic majors, extremely liberal DAs and judges; DIMS & media division. I guess it’s more important to be invited to the right parties and to get along with the Hollywood elite than write a good story.
  • Dark Hours

    By Tasunka OG
    Michael Connelly has outdone himself ! Love this one.
  • Too political

    By Nuencer
    Very one sided, political nonsense. Observations of a single minded author. Too bad, M. Connelly used to be more exciting to read
  • The Dark Hours

    By PE95000
    Excellent! Didn’t want it to end. Do hope there will be another very soon. Aloha
  • Dark hours

    By parkzy50
    Been following Harry from the get go. Reality is we all grow old. Connelly has done a good job segueing to Ballard, keeping Bosch in the picture. Not that I’m a fan of getting old, but still a good read as Renee has many of his do the right thing qualities .
  • Strong

    By bu stu
    Pretty darn good!
  • Wow!

    By JJJCP90
    Enjoyed this read from start to finish