The Dark Hours
A Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch Novel #4
Little Brown and Company, November 2021
Ballard and Bosch are back in another great read. Connelly just gets better and better.
It’s New Year’s Eve and Ballard is working the graveyard shift when minutes after midnight, amid a noise of fireworks and gun shots fired into the air, she is called to the scene of a fatality. A young auto-shop owner has been hit by a stray bullet at a street party.
On closer inspection Ballard isn’t totally convinced the shooting is accidental, and due to the busy night along with numerous calls to police she decides to investigate the incident, quickly learning through ballistics that there is a connection to another shooting, an unsolved homicide worked by Detective Bosch.
Ballard calls Bosch and they meet to talk about the murders trying to figure out a connection. While she knows she will have to hand over the info she has gathered from the recent murder to another detective team, she hopes in the meantime with Bosch’s help they can uncover a clue that will lead them to the perpetrator.
Because of the trust she has for Bosch she tells him about the other case she’s working on with Detective Moore of the Sexual Assault Unit, a case involving a couple of serial rapists, dubbed The Midnight Men, who are targeting and terrorizing young women living alone. Her painstaking work questioning the victims and following every road of inquiry, she’s sure she’s on the right track. But when Detective Moore decides to take some time off, leaving Ballard to her own devices Bosch cautions her to be careful, worried that The Midnight Men appear to be growing more aggressive and might graduate to murder.
Tension mounts in both plot lines and Ballard grows increasingly frustrated when she’s ordered to hand over the file on the death of the auto-shop owner. Ballard and Bosch agree to continue working the murder discovering that the murders are indeed connected.
It’s a roller-coaster of a ride as Ballard still working alone on The Midnight Men case, comes up with a plan to apprehend the brutal rapists.
Hang on to your hats as Ballard, with a little help from Bosch, proves she’s up to the challenge.
Don’t miss this one…
Reviewed by guest reviewer Moyra Tarling, December 2021.