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    As night falls, a killer comes to light....

    On New Year's Eve at the end of one of the hardest years in history, hundreds of revellers shoot their guns into the air in time-honoured LA tradition. But as the rain of lead comes down, a man is shot dead in the middle of a crowded street party.

    Detective Renée Ballard soon connects the bullet to an unsolved cold case last worked by legendary ex-LAPD detective Harry Bosch. As they investigate where the old and new cases connect, a new crime shatters the night shift.

    The Midnight Men are a pair of violent predators who stalk the city during the dark hours and will kill to keep their identities secret.

    In a police department shaken to the core by pandemic and protests, both cases have the power to save Ballard's belief in the job - or take everything from her....

    Crime doesn’t come better than Connelly.

    ©2021 Michael Connelly (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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    "An authentic, topical and terrifying thriller: one of Michael Connelly's very best." (The Times)

    "The Dark Hours is yet another superb thriller from a writer at the top of his game." (Sunday Express

    "Consistently excellent.... The plotting is as skilful as ever, and the pacing as relentless." (Mail on Sunday

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    • Lia
    • 10/11/2021

    Best in the Ballard and Bosch series!

    I have been eagerly awaiting the fourth book - The Dark Hours - in Michael Connelly's Ballard and Bosch novels. And IMO, this is the best one yet!
    It's New Year's Eve and Renée is again working the night shift - by choice. By tradition, revelers shoot their guns into the air at midnight in Los Angeles. Sounds like a recipe for disaster doesn't it? Uh huh, it results in one of the first homicides of the new year. Here's the thing - the bullet may be tied to an unsolved case - one worked by Harry Bosch. Now retired, Bosch has become a mentor and a sometime off the books partner of Renée.

    I'm always so happy to see Harry again. He's like an old war horse that just keeps riding into battle. His experience, (usually) calm demeanor and drive for answers and justice keep him going. "Everybody counts or nobody counts" Renée is fearless and has that same drive for justice. Her determination has not endeared her to her fellow cops. Connelly has woven current events and happenings and the turbulent state of policing and politics into the narrative. While others do just the bare minimum, Renée never lets up. In addition to the New Year's Eve case, she's also trying to find a pair of serial rapists who've been labeled as The Midnight Men. A lot goes on on the late show....

    Connelly's crime novels are second to none. The characters, the settings, the details, the plotting - all of it makes for fantastic reading. And yes, lots of action.

    The dynamic between these two really works. In the final pages, I thought I saw where the Ballard and Bosch books might be headed in the fifth book, but Connelly throws in an alternative. I can't wait to see which way things end up.

    Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin were truly amazing with the delivery of the story.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 09/01/2022

    Top of his game

    What an exceptional story and a top notch read by the narrator(s).
    This is a standout , with of 5 stars on all categories.

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    • antonio
    • 11/12/2021

    great book with Harry Bosh in a supporting role

    This is what the French call the "air du temps" : Connelly's main character in Harry Bosh stories is now Renée Ballard , a female detective that is much alike Bosh in the main character traits (introvert, stubborn, socially awkward ) , but that does not have to carry the baggage of being a white male boomer. This is truly the only change from the past : Connelly's books have a great plot -complex, but easy to follow- and a phenomenal rhythm. The reader gets involved in the story and really can't to get to the end.
    Another truly enjoyable experience.

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    • AP
    • 02/12/2021

    He just can't write them fast enough

    I pre ordered this moths ago. It was worth the wait. Just sad I have such a long wait until the next one. This book did not disappoint.

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    • Mad Murphy
    • 29/11/2021

    Good, but more Bosch, please!

    It’s another installment in a long-running series. Connelly has previously introduced us to Renee Ballard, who is kind of a young female version of Bosch. Like her mentor, Ballard is a relentless daredevil who stretches the police department rules but also delivers lots of results. She’s the focus now and I was lefy wishing Bosch had a more prominent role in this book. I’m not used to Harry Bosch playing second fiddle when it comes to solving crimes. Ballard is a good character and Connelly simply doesn’t write a bad book ever. I just wish it had more Bosch in it, since I like the character so much.

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    • Tore Andre Granli
    • 26/11/2021

    This is not a Bosch story. It's a R. Ballard book.

    The story isn't bad, but it's not a Harry Bosch story. It's a Renee Ballard story.

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    • Marcel Nieuwenhuis
    • 23/11/2021

    Great book, great performance

    I had been waiting for a wile to get my hands on this audio book (figuratively speaking) and I am not disappointed. Michael Connelly cooked up a great new crime story, which was performed brilliantly by Christine and Titus. I loved the role play. Being a great fan of Bosch and especially Titus’ portrayal of him, my only (minor) disappointment may be the relatively small role Bosch played in this gripping story. Can’t wait to see what Connelly comes up with next.

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    • Clas Carlbom
    • 13/11/2021

    There's only one Michael Connelly

    There are few books that I truly enjoy as much as the ones by Michael Connelly.
    I picked one up when I was in my early twenties (about 30 years ago) and have been reading everything since then.
    I love his minute attention to details and the sensitivity to the contemporary presence.
    The stories are very faithful, Michael Connellys grasp of the LA police and justice universe is incredibly good and ensures that the stories are always highly credible.
    Connelly never falls into the trap of trying to exceed his prior work with more drama and greater sensations. It's always the greatest storytelling, regardless of the crimes and changes in society.
    Please keep it up.

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    • leif
    • 13/11/2021

    A Ballard book, not a Harry Bosch book

    If you’re expecting Harry Bosch you’ll be disappointed! This is not a Harry Bosch book, it is 99% Ballard and 1% Bosch, so I was disappointed since it is marketed as a Harry Bosch book and Titus Welliver is credited first, while Lakin is reading 99% of the book.

    It’s not that Lakin is a bad narrator, I just want Titus Welliver reading a Harry Bosch book!

    Unfortunately the story is also quite mediocre with what feels like hundreds of unwilling victim interviews that feels most like the character (Ballard) is pulling teeth. And at times, what I suppose aims for realism, gets in the way of a good story and it feels like listening to paint dry :(

    It’s a shame! I had pre-ordered this book and really looking forward to it, and I wanted to like it.

    If Connelly and the publishers are winding down Harry Bosch, at least do new productions of the old books with Welliver as the narrator! I’d buy all of them in a flash, since I’m now re-listening to the Welliver read books! Titus Welliver IS Harry Bosch!! I won’t be able to listen to the other Harry Bosch books that is not read by Welliver! Who can’t LOVE Welliver’s voice and his narration of the books???