This was an abrupt change for me. Since I read for entertainment and the world has been such a dark place lately, I’ve skipped the Crime, Suspense & Thriller, and Police Procedurals.
I’d heard of this author and character Harry Bosch, of course I had, but somehow I gave it a pass.
Mistake. Big Mistake!
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.
Dark Sacred Night for the first time brings together these two powerhouse detectives in a riveting story that unfolds with furious momentum. And it shows once more why “there’s no doubt Connelly is a master of crime fiction” (Associated Press).
If you are a fan of @LeeChildReacher and @David Baldacci like me, then this will suit your taste just fine. A reader’s gourmet as this has multiple courses for the hungry reader. A seasoned police detective who has a bit of trouble fitting in, a young female detective also with a penchant for trouble, SWAT, female law enforcement detectives, and helicopter pilots, L.A. gangs, the Mexican Mafia, street people, prostitutes, cold cases and even a little romance.
It strikes me that the story is as close to reality as humanly possible. The good guys don’t always win. Sometimes bad things happen. The good guys don’t always do the smartest thing or even the right thing. Intuition is important for detectives and Renée Ballard has honed hers to a remarkable. She doesn’t give up. It’s somewhat remarkable that the female characters, both secondary and main characters are strong and carry weight in this story.
This book is a wake-you-up from your sleep to finish kind of story with multiple interwoven storylines. There is, of course, the case that brings the two main characters together but also multiple minor cases to add color and believability. Everything is in support of the story with no gratuitous sex, death or violence yet emotion and relationships are believable.
Recognizing that all rating systems are subjective and rubrics vary, I rate Dark Sacred Night 5 stars for capturing my interest and not letting go. There was no point where it was OK to put it down. Well done.