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The Dark Hours

Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch

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By: Michael Connelly

ISBN: 978-0316485647

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publication Date:11/9/2021

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: TBR

Has a killer lain dormant for years only to strike again on New Year’s Eve? LAPD Detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to find justice for an innocent victim in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

There’s chaos in Hollywood on New Year’s Eve. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard seeks shelter at the end of the countdown to wait out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. As reports start to roll in of shattered windshields and other damage, 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.

It doesn’t take long for Ballard to determine that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky. Ballard’s investigation leads her to look into another unsolved murder—a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch.

Ballard and Bosch team up once again to find out where the old and new cases intersect. All the while they must look over their shoulders. The killer who has stayed undetected for so long knows they are coming after him.

The Dark Hours will be released on November 9 in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

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Connelly is the Raymond Chandler of this generation, and readers will be studying his writing methods decades from now."―Jeff Ayers, Associated Press

“There is no better news than a new book from the great Michael Connelly."―Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

"For die-hard fans of police procedurals, Connelly is the real deal."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“Taken together, Connelly’s novels form an indispensable, compelling chronicle of LA . . . His books are rich in the details and meanings of seismic events that have formed the rough contours of LA law and order.”―Jonathan Shapiro, Los Angeles Times

"Michael Connelly has earned his place in the pantheon of great crime fiction writers by creating characters people care about and are eager to come back to."―Paul Saltzman, Chicago Sun-Times

“When it comes to series mysteries, there’s everybody else, and then there’s Michael Connelly. Is he really that good, you ask? Oh yeah, he’s really that good.”―Bruce Tierney, BookPage

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of thirty-five previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers, The Law of Innocence, Fair Warning, and The Night Fire. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series, the Lincoln Lawyer series, and the Renée Ballard series, have sold more than eighty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver, and the creator and host of the podcast Murder Book. He spends his time in California and Florida. Website

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