LAPD detective Rene Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Boschs white whalea man responsible for the murder of an entire family. A year has passed since LAPD detective Rene Ballard quit the force in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape. But after the chief of police himself tells her she can write her own ticket within the department, Ballard takes back her badge, leaving the Late Show to rebuild and lead the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division. For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts himthe murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come volunteer as an investigator in her new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his white whale with the resources of the LAPD behind him. First priority for Ballard is to clear the unsolved rape and murder of a sixteen-year-old girl. The decades-old case is essential to the councilman who supported re-forming the unit, and who could shutter it againthe victim was his sister. When Ballard gets a cold hit connecting the killing to a similar crime, proving that a serial predator has been at work in the city for years, the political pressure has never been higher. To keep momentum going, she must pull Bosch off his all-consuming investigation, the case that is the consummation of his lifelong mission. The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity. In what may be his most gripping and profoundly moving book yet, Michael Connelly shows once again why he has been dubbed one of the greatest crime writers of all time (Ryan Steck, Crimereads). Download and start listening now!
Outstanding Connelly is the most consistently superior living crime fiction author. The Dark Hours just reinforces that. – Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel Extraordinary [Connelly] is one of the best in the business at writing about investigations and creating intense suspense, but the relationship between Ballard and Boscha professional friendship that grows out of two brilliant minds dedicated to the same difficult but important workis the cherry on top. – Collette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times Readers will be glad to know that Connelly is still bringing the same intensity and atmosphere to his iconic series. – Crimereads A thoroughly engrossing procedural The Dark Hours offers plenty of shocking scenes and clever surprises. – Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal