The Dark Hours Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A Wall Street Journal and South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Book of the Year
“A masterpiece” - LAPD detective Renée Ballard must join forces with Harry Bosch to find justice in a city scarred by fear and social unrest after a methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve (Publishers Weekly).
There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.
Ballard quickly determines that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder - a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.
Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.
Unfolding with unstoppable drive and nail-biting intrigue, The Dark Hours shows that “relentless on their own, Ballard’s and Bosch’s combined skills … could be combustible” (Los Angeles Times).
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 4 minutes|
|Narrator||Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 09, 2021|
|Publisher||Little, Brown & Company|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #147 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The worst part of reading it is constantly flinching at Connelly's stretching and bending of the narrative to fit what he apparently feels are the political requirements of contemporary society. The book is absolutely drowning in Covid piety. Ballard can't take a step without reassuring us that she's putting on her face mask. Heck, even when she has to lower her mask to drink a cup of coffee she quickly announces to us that she has turned her head away from everyone else. It's not a pretty sight to watch a fine novelist desperately pandering to popular culture the way Connelly does in this book, and I suspect the novel will age very poorly because of it.
Maybe the book's just too California for me, but by a quarter of the way in it was already feeling like the Karen of crime novels. I'm sick to death of being lectured in real life. I sure as hell don't want to be lectured when I settle down with a new cop novel.
I’m not going to give away any spoilers. We are rapidly drawn into a complex web of multiple murders and serial rapes. The story is complex with multiple characters and victims, all expertly and coherently woven together.
This book is more about Ballard than Bosch, she takes the lead and is really the main character here, Bosch appears in Chapter 8. It took me some time to warm to her as a character in this series, but she is presented masterfully and has really developed as the series has progressed. Her life situation is more realistic now, and she is more likable as a character. Bosch, while he has appropriately aged during the series, is presented in good form, not as the aging and almost decrepit man he was in some of the previous novels. His mind is sharp, he is his usual gritty, rough around the edges self, and he is seamlessly blended into the story as the main supporting cast member.
I downloaded the paired audiobook and listened at the same time as I read the book. This is a great way to read this, and I like that Titus Welliver has again been selected as Bosch’s narrator, whereas Christine Latin does a great job as Ballard. Overall, this book is the best in the Ballard and Bosch series to date, highly recommended!
Top reviews from other countries
Detective Renee Ballard is working a potential murder. During the new year celebrations, a man is killed during the celebratory gunshots into the air. Not satisfied with one case though, there are women being raped and filmed by a two man team. Like her mentor, Harry Bosch, Renee always sees the job through.
The relationship between Ballard and Bosch is nicely rounded. Ballard makes connections on both cases but Harry has years of experience to draw on and is only too happy to be kept in the game.
I could never tire of Bosch and Ballard is a force of nature. As you would expect from Connelly, the plotting is masterful. Connelly clearly keeps himself fully appraised of the latest LAPD slang, practices, gripes, funding and this comes across strongly in his writing. For me, LA itself shares the top billing with Ballard and Bosch. A joy to read.
The stories I most enjoy reading are those with great characterisation, an engaging plot and an atmospheric setting. This story has all three. Bosch and Ballard are very different individuals; their thoughts and views reflect in part their differences in age; Bosch cannot give up a lifetime of finding the perpetrators of crime (especially those crimes which remain unsolved) even though his health is failing and he has been retired for a number of years while Ballard is at that stage of her life when one questions if one's chosen career is what one wants to do for the rest of one's life, and in Ballard's case particularly as her career appears to have stalled.
The plot is really gripping. There are two separate story lines for us to enjoy and each have their moments of high drama and tension.
The setting is Los Angeles and Connelly's portrayal of the city pulls no punches - we get to see the good as well as the dark underside of LA and its inhabitants.
I have read most of the Michael Connelly's novels and for me this is a cracking read, so I have no hesitation in rating it five stars and recommending it to anyone who enjoys reading police procedural crime novels that are set in the present day and which are strong on character, plot and atmosphere.
Amendment:. It took longer for me to be gripped by this book, but when I was it lived up to expectations