As a lover of fast-paced thrillers, I was excited to finally get my hands on Michael Connelly’s latest novel, The Dark Hours. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
The book follows LAPD detective Renée Ballard, who finds herself in the midst of chaos on New Year’s Eve. While working the graveyard shift, she’s called to a crime scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally shot in the middle of a crowded street party.
As Ballard investigates the murder, she quickly realizes that it’s linked to another unsolved case that was once worked by Detective Harry Bosch. Ballard is also on the hunt for a pair of serial rapists known as the Midnight Men who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.
Determined to solve both cases, Ballard teams up with Bosch, and the two detectives must navigate a police department that has been hampered by the pandemic and recent social unrest. But as they dig deeper, they realize that the predators they’re tracking are willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden.
One of the things I loved about this book is the way Connelly weaves together multiple plotlines. While the murder and the Midnight Men cases are the main focus, there are also plenty of other twists and turns that keep the story moving at a breakneck pace. I found myself on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what would happen next.
Another standout element of The Dark Hours is the character development. Ballard and Bosch are both complex and compelling protagonists, and their partnership is a joy to read. Ballard is a driven and determined detective who refuses to give up, even in the face of adversity. Bosch, on the other hand, brings a wealth of experience to the table, but he’s also haunted by his past mistakes.
Together, they make a formidable team, and watching them work together to solve the case is incredibly satisfying. And while the focus is on Ballard and Bosch, the supporting cast of characters is also well-drawn and adds depth to the story.
In terms of writing style, Connelly is a master of the genre. His prose is lean and evocative, and he has a knack for creating vivid, atmospheric settings. Whether he’s describing the rain-soaked streets of Los Angeles or the tense, claustrophobic atmosphere of a police briefing room, he brings everything to life with precision and skill.
Overall, I absolutely loved The Dark Hours. It’s a gripping and well-crafted thriller that will keep you hooked from start to finish. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery, and especially to fans of Michael Connelly’s previous work. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
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(as of Mar 26, 2023 11:42:34 UTC – Details)