Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard team up to solve a cold case in Dark Sacred Night, the latest from Michael Connelly. Harry is trying to solve the murder of a young woman who was killed in 2009. Her mother, Elizabeth, is staying with Harry (much to his daughter’s chagrin), after he helped her get sober. Ballard runs into Bosch in the station and gets sucked into the case Bosch is trying to solve. Bosch is also working a murder for the San Fernando Police Department that has far-reaching consequences.
The book is told from alternating points of view – Bosch and Ballard. The story comes to a surprising conclusion and the killer is not who I thought it would be. I have to say that, unlike so many other mystery/thriller authors I read, Michael Connelly has not put out a bad book. This book is not bad. In fact, I thought it was fantastic. It was tense and tightly wound. The plot moved quickly and even though the book is over 400 pages, it moves quickly and isn’t weighted down with any superfluous information.
I think one of the things I like most about Michael Connelly’s book is not only his attention to police procedural or legal details, but that, like Raymond Chandler, he makes Los Angeles a character. The city comes alive under Connelly’s hand. It provides as much important information and development as any other character would.
Dark Sacred Night does not disappoint. When I first heard that Ballard and Bosch were going to work together, I thought it was a marketing ploy. But this relationship worked. I liked their interactions and interplay.
Whether this is your 31st Michael Connelly book or your first, Dark Sacred Night will not disappoint. I highly recommend it.